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Groundbreaking on new Rideau Canal crossing

CBC News
October 6, 2017

With new multi-use bridge, Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South and Glebe divided no more

The official groundbreaking of the Rideau Canal Crossing, which is going to connect Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue in the Glebe, took place Friday, with representatives from the city as well as the provincial and federal governments.

In a media release, the city said it hopes the crossing will improve connectivity between the two neighbourhoods by encouraging safe cycling and walking routes. The bridge should also “shorten commute times and offer a dedicated active and sustainable transportation route to schools, work, entertainment and shopping sites, such as Lansdowne in the Glebe,” according to the release.

The bridge will help link pathways connecting to the City’s O-Train Confederation Line at Hurdman and Lees transit stations, said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.”With the new Rideau Canal Crossing, we are connecting communities and giving residents and visitors the freedom to explore the city, get active and save time getting around,” said Watson in a media release.

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