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Adàwe Rideau River Pedestrian Bridge

Project Details

Client: City of Ottawa
Location: Rideau River: Donald St. & Somerset St. East
Timeframe: July 2014 – December 2015
Value: $5M
Project Type: Bridge Construction
Consultant: Stantec
  • G&P Welding (Structural steel)
  • ABF (Reinforcing Steel)
  • Watson Bowman (Bearing / Expansion Joint Supplier)
  • Total Fence (Guiderail )
  • Explotech (Surveying)
  • Roadlast (Waterproofing)
  • Black & Mcdonald (Electrical work)
  • D&G Landscaping (Landscaping)
  • K.C.E Construction (Sewer work)


  • Construction of new bridge over Rideau River to link Donald Street and Somerset Street East;
  • Provision of pedestrian and bicycle routes;
  • Provision of deck, railings and lighting

Project Description

  • Tomlinson involved in planning of new bridge
  • Completed in just 16 months – 6 months ahead of schedule despite the challenges of working in the water
  • Completed on budget
  • Pre-testing of concrete to highlight potential flaws – led to a higher quality material and a reduction in disruption
  • Installation of 3 metal spans across the river from the east side in Overbrook to the Sandy Hill shoreline on the west side
  • Installation of 2 mid-river piers to support the spans
  • Surfacing, including new connections to the multi-use pathways