Vimy Memorial Bridge

A new landmark in a UNESCO heritage site

This bridge crossing the Rideau River World Heritage Site in South Ottawa provides an important transportation connection between Barrhaven and Riverside South that relieves major congestion on existing roads and bridges. DTAH originally developed site-specific Aesthetic Guidelines for the crossing for the City of Ottawa and Parks Canada. Subsequently DTAH contributed bridge architecture and landscape design services for the project, collaborating with Delcan to develop a signature arch design, playing a lead role in gaining approvals from NCC and Parks Canada.

The 125m span crossing features three open truss arches, maximizing a visual effect of transparency and lightness within the spectacular natural setting. Outer pedestrian walkways are separated from vehicle travel lanes and curved in plan to offer changing view perspectives while crossing. Bridge enhancements include stainless steel cable pedestrian railings, termination elements with integrated identification text, custom cycle height railings, accent lighting and naturalized landscape treatments including native grasses and riverstone.

Location

Ottawa, Ontario

Client

City of Ottawa

Awards

  • Gustav Lindenthal Medal, Vimy Memorial Bridge, 2015
  • Consulting Engineers of Ontario, Award of Merit – Transportation, 2015
  • The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Design Award - Bridge Projects, 2014

The bridge visually enhances its historic setting without overwhelming it. While the arches respond to the tradition of arched crossings over the Rideau, the design reflects the history of engineering innovation and high quality associated with Rideau crossings. 

Designed for a 100-year life span, the bridge features high quality, durable materials and finishes that will provide an enduring visual quality as well as minimizing ongoing maintenance.

As architectural structures integrated into landscape, bridges have been a continued focal point in our multidisciplinary practice. DTAH is currently working on the Fort York Pedestrian Bridge, and our existing portfolio of bridge enhancement projects includes Corktown Footbridge--a signature award-winning pedestrian/cycle bridge in Ottawa, Confederation Parkway Bridge in downtown Mississauga and the distinctive red tilted arch East Hamilton Waterfront Link bridge crossing over the QEW Highway in Hamilton.  

Whether arriving by land or water, it serves as a welcoming and impressive gateway to our city.”

Jim Watson
Mayor, City of Ottawa