Rideau Canal Crossing – Fifth & Clegg
This new pedestrian/cyclist bridge will provide a new landmark over the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site and a much-needed new connection between communities. It features a curving pathway that gradually rises up from the west side heritage landscape, crosses the Canal in a straight alignment and comes down in a switchback ramp/stair configuration in the east side landscaped median. The concept was developed through a rigorous process including extensive public/stakeholder consultation.
The design attempts to maximize lightness and transparency, in order to touch the heritage context as gently as possible. The design features sleek V-frame piers and an above deck railing with aluminum outer panels and an ipe wood handrail. Natural stone is used to visually anchor the landings. An understated lighting scheme utilizes LED fixtures in the handrail and below-deck accent lighting to illuminate the V-frames on both sides, providing pleasing reflections in the water by night.