Vimy Memorial Bridge – Ottawa, Canada

Project Details
Client
  • City of Ottawa
Project Value

USD $34.5 million (CAD $43 million)

Project Duration

2010-2014

Services Provided

Concept design, preliminary design, detailed design, contract documentation, inspection, engineering services during construction

Award-winning Bridge Design

The Rideau River divides the east and west parts of the city of Ottawa, which are connected by several roadway arterials. The Vimy Memorial Bridge—designed by Parsons—cut the distance between the two adjacent arterials in half, reducing traffic congestion and travel times. The bridge crosses the Rideau River at a location that is part of the Rideau Canal System, a recognized National Historic Site in Canada and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site. Spanning a 262-ft-wide waterway, the Vimy Memorial Bridge has:

  • A 133-ft-wide deck cross section comprised of 4 general purpose lanes
  • 2 auxiliary turning lanes
  • 2 dedicated transit lanes
  • 2 on-road cycling lanes
  • Sidewalks in each direction

In addition to City of Ottawa requirements, and the need to be compatible with the location’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, numerous other agencies imposed strict bridge design standards. Our award-winning design separated the roadways from each other and from the sidewalks, creating 3 open-air slots within the bridge, allowing light to penetrate the deck. These slots accommodate the steel tubular triple arches along the 410-ft main span, which support the suspended deck using inclined hangers.

The majority of the bridge structure was constructed on land and launched within two days across the river into its final position. This allowed the waterway to remain open throughout construction, reducing river recreation disruptions and minimizing environmental impacts. The bridge opened in July 2014 as the Standherd-Armstrong Bridge. In an official ceremony November 8, 2014, it was renamed Vimy Memorial Bridge to commemorate the World War I battle of Vimy Ridge in France in which Canadian troops emerged victorious. With a 100-year lifespan, the Vimy Memorial Bridge is destined to become another major icon for Ottawa, the national capital of Canada.

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