Ottawa Queensway Mid-town Bridges Study
Welcome to the website for the Ottawa Queensway (Highway 417) Mid-town Bridges Study (G.W.P. 4075-11-00). This website has been established to provide project information and collect your comments on the study. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained Morrison Hershfield Ltd. (MH) to assist with this study.
MTO, as the project proponent, is undertaking a Provincial Class Environmental Assessment (Group ‘B’ Project) Study to define a bridge management plan for 23 bridges on the Ottawa Queensway from Holland Avenue to O’Connor Street. These mid-town bridges are located at 12 sites, with the Queensway overpass of the O-Train located at the centre of the Study Area.
The bridges under study include
- Holland Avenue
- Parkdale Avenue
- Fairmont Avenue
- Bayswater Avenue
- CPR / O-Train / Multi-use Pathway
- Preston Street
- Rochester Street
- Booth Street
- Bronson Avenue
- Percy Street
- Bank Street
- O’Connor Street
The purpose of the study is to define an action plan for these bridges that builds on the previous MTO corridor Environmental Assessment (EA) study completed in 2007. The 2007 study confirmed that there will be no expansion of the Queensway in this study area. MTO is now developing a bridge management plan that will define recommendations for immediate, short term (20 year planning horizon) and long term planning horizons (beyond 20 years). The plan is expected to define immediate bridge work, if necessary, and then subsequent rehabilitation plans or replacement strategies for each site. Some sites may involve rehabilitation strategies followed by a future replacement or have replacement bridges recommended for the next cycle of bridge work based on economic, safety and durability considerations. These decisions will also be made considering community input and environmental effects.