OOE Canal Footbridge Announcement

Photo by John Dance.

The Footbridge takes big steps forward! David Chernushenko, Catherine McKenna & Yasir Naqvi shown above. Photo by John Dance.

Sunny days, my friends, sunny days. In August, Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna (centre) announced the federal government would contribute $156 million for city transportation projects, including $10.5 million for a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Rideau Canal.

The federal share was half of what the city needed to fast-track the bridge between Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko (left) said he was “absolutely thrilled,” though he would wait until construction begins to actually believe the long-awaited project would be a reality.

The city hopes to start work by the end of 2017.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre (right), said he was trying to secure the province’s share of funding.

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