05 October 2012
The Canadian city of Ottawa is seeking public comments about its preferred design for a $17.5 million footbridge.
The new design for the landmark pedestrian and cycle bridge was well received at an open house meeting last week. It had been revised following earlier open houses and consultation. Latest design developments include supporting the bridge on three single open V-shaped piers, designed to result in a more compact, transparent, 'visually quiet' structure that maximizes openness and views to its natural setting from above the deck.
The bridge over the Riddeau Canal now has a continuous curve in plan. It widens from 3m at the ends to 6.5m at the centre to incorporate a lookout area.
Consultations last until 11 October 2012. The study team will then finalise the recommended plan and present it to the transportation committee and council. The environmental assessment study report will then be filed for a 30-day public review.