Rideau Canal Pedestrian Bridge Photos


2006-09-29 (2 photos)

Here's a shot of the same batch of work being done as from yesterday's photo. They're installing those bollards on the West approach.
Sorry for this shot being fuzzy, but it does show the work in action. (NW looking SW)

This post added October 5, 2006
Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand


2006-09-28 (2 photos)

They added soil to the northeast embankment, and started landscaping it. Note the two trees. (W looking NE)
Looking back, I discovered I hadn't taken any shots of this perspective. It was a rainy day, and I think I was in a hurry to get somewhere but I managed to snap this shot. (bridge looking W)

This post added October 5, 2006
Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand


2006-09-24 pm (2 photos)

After putting up the previous post, I took some photos at night. Here's a shot of how the underside is lit. (W looking E)
...and again, but this time with flash. The light shines inward towards the bridge, and the light that we see is a reflection.

This post added October 5, 2006
Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand

2006-09-24 (9 photos)

I was going to post one of my photos of the completed bridge to the Wikipedia entry on the bridge, but found that I didn't have any good shots that said in one photo, "this is the bridge." So I took some today that I hope will qualify. (SW looking NE)
This is just a beautiful shot. It has nice clear lines, and very little construction junk remianing. Unfortunately, it's the underside of the bridge, which isn't the best shot for an encyclopedia entry. (W looking E)
I took a shot canalside from the West side (uh, in the area where technically people aren't supposed to be...). But it's a bit too dark. You can see everything but the bridge in this shot. (SW looking NE)
While I was there, I took a shot of the East approach. (SW looking SE)
Here's a shot looking towards the east. It has both pedestrians and a wheelchair (er, scooter) user. The guy in the scooter couldn't walk because he was too busy smoking. (W looking E)
There are cyclists, too! Here's a shot of the east "elbow", with two cyclists demonstrating how to use it.
And a shot of the switchback, similar to the one from the previous post, but with better lighting and without the A-Channel truck.
Here's a shot from the end of the East approach. (SW looking N)
Here's a better shot partway up the East approach. I think this is the one. Photoshop in some landscaping, maybe, and you're done! (SE looking NW)

Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand


2006-09-21 (12 photos)

The bridge is open!!!! Yay! (W looking E)
Here are some containers of cobblestone (on the left in the above photo). Not to be confused with Kabul Stone, which is Afghanistan's second-biggest export, after opium.
Here's the expansion joint on the west end, and a grate.
Here's a shot of the east staging area from the bridge. Note that they've already torn up the temporary pathway detour that went alongside the parkway.
East approach from the bridge.
Here's a shot of the completed (welded and ground) railing elbow, which was only tacked in this photo.
Here's a shot of the upper bit of the "hairpin" turn on the East approach, as taken from the "elbow".
Another shot demonstrating that the temporary pathway detour has been torn up. (SE looking NE)
Here's the NCC kiosk at the base of the East approach, across from the Campus bus station. I just noticed that they have maps of the pathway network available that people can take with them at the bottom of the display.
Here's some guys installing the cobblestone. There are some other segments of cobblestone further South along the parkway and canal.
A bit later in the day, I spotted the ubiquitous local news truck on the "elbow" of the East approach. It's quite spacious! They were doing something for the kidney foundation, I think.
Here's a shot at night. Sorry, my camera doesn't like doing night shots. You can see in this shot that the wider railings have a strip of white light under them, which illuminate the road/walkway. The bridge is also illuminated from below, although I haven't looked close enough to see exactlyhow. It's a nice purple/lilac colour. (SE looking NW)

This post added September 24, 2006
Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand


2006-09-20 (5 photos)

I can't wait for the bridge to finally be open tomorrow! What a long journey it's been!

Sorry this photo is dark. There was bad weather today. There is a truck right under the light standard, if you can make it out. It was a water tanker that they were using to wash the dirt off of the bridge approaches. (SE looking NW)
Here is a shot of the East approach. Nothing much to say about it, except water from the cleaning at the bottom of the stairs. (SE looking NE)
Here's a better-lit shot of the West approach. (SE looking W)
There was a crew installing pavers under the East approach. It looks nice. There are similar sections of pavers further south on the East side of the canal, where the ramps are installed during the canal's skating season.
The benches have been reinstalled. An interesting note is that you can see the two layers of asphalt on the edge, below the pylon. (looking SE)

Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand

Bridge to open tomorrow!

Great news, everyone!

The Bridge will be opening tomorrow, Thursday, September 21, 2006! Cyclists, pedestans, and inline skaters will be able to use the bridge to cross the canal to get to the University of Ottawa's Car Free Day activities!

See message below.

- Charles.

From: Diane.Holmes@ottawa.ca Holmes, Diane
To: undisclosed-recipients
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 13:36:50 -0400
Subject: Upcoming Bridge Opening - Rideau Canal Pedestrian Bridge

I have just received the attached notice from staff and am pleased to advise you that the Somerset Pedestrian Bridge will open on Thursday September 21, 2006. Please see the note below regarding the continuing work on the bridge.

There will be an official opening in the spring at which time a plaque will be mounted and the bridge named.

Thank you all for your interest in the bridge.

Best Regards,
Councillor Diane Holmes
Somerset Ward
(613) 580-2484

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Delph, Marcel
> Sent: September 19,2006 11:28 AM
> Good morning All,
> It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the much anticipated Rideau Canal Pedestrian Bridge at Somerset Street will be open to the public as of mid-morning on Thursday, 21 Sep 06. It is noted that the stairs on both sides of the Canal and the west lower pathway will remain closed for a few days longer so that they can be made safe for public use. In addition, landscaping work will continue for the next 2 to 3 weeks.
> Regards,
> Marcel Delph, P.Eng.
> Senior Project Manager
> Public Works & Services
> Infrastructure Services
> 100 Constellation Drive
> Email: Marcel.Delph@ottawa.ca
> Ph: (613) 580-2424 x20126
> Fax: (613) 580-2587


2006-09-18 (2 photos)

Not much change, but I did take a shot of the Bridge as seen approaching it on Somerset Street West.
Here's that railing that I was talking about. You can also see another one just below it on the ground, which they bent too far. (W looking NE)

This post added September 20, 2006
Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand


2006-09-17 (16 photos)

They have installed the secondary railing. This one juts inward, so (I believe) cyclists' handlebars won't get caught in the vertical ironwork. (W looking E)
Here's a shot of the almost-completed railing on the West side. One curiosity I noticed was that the railing on the far side is intentionally broken. I wonder if they're planning on putting a kiosk or something there down the road... (W looking SW)
Here you can see the East side... (SW looking SE)
Here's the underside, but wait... the pathway going under the East side of the bridge has been opened back up! (SW looking NE)
Here's a closeup shot of the railing on the West approach. Notice how the chrome one has been tacked, but not yet welded or smoothed yet.
There are some tubes for railings, just on the other side of the West approach fence.
Ach! More graffiti! I'm too busy to edit over it this time, although I'm currently on a computer with Photoshop installed. (W looking NE)
Here's another pipe heading North from the West approach. (W looking NW)
This gentleman was the second person I saw to disregard the signs and pass through the gate. Incidentally, all three of the guys who went through while I was here today were white men wearing black t-shirts. (NW looking SE)
Those straight bars a few photos up will be bent to make the railing here. Also notice how they formed the asphalt where it meets up with the concrete. (W looking SW)
This is another guy in the centre of the shot. I was lucky because I was holding the camera inconspicuously while taking this photo. (SW looking NE)
I used some wire hanging around to tie up the fences a bit better, and took a shot of it. The sign clearly prohibits trespassing by anglophones. (W looking E)
After getting the fence a little tied up, I took another shot of the pipes. These ones are on the south side of the West approach.
Here's a closeup of the curb and lightpost that is just to the right of the above shot.
I didn't get a good shot of him, but this guy came along after I tied up the fence. I wanted to know how he would handle it, since he clearly wouldn't turnaround. He ended up jumping the railing. Again, the camera is crooked because I took the photo inconspicuously. (SW looking NE)

This post added September 20, 2006
Copyright 2005-2006 Charles Akben-Marchand