Pretoria Bridge work will bring traffic impacts until December 1

For immediate release:
October 16, 2015



Ottawa – Structural rehabilitation of the Pretoria Bridge (located over the Rideau Canal, connecting the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive) will result in a variety of traffic impacts beginning Monday, October 19 and ending Wednesday, December 1.

Nightly closures

Pretoria Bridge will be closed nightly, Monday night to Friday night, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., beginning Monday, October 19 until Wednesday, November 4.

During the night work, the bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists.

This work includes repairs to the concrete walls and bridge piers and structural steel repairs to the motor equipment hatches.


Signed detours will be in place.

OC Transpo Route 5 will be detoured during this period. For further information, please visit

Daily lane reductions

There will be off-peak lane reductions on Pretoria Bridge daily between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., beginning Monday, October 19 until Tuesday, December 1.

During lane reductions one sidewalk will be available to pedestrians.

During construction, there will be a greater need for all road users to share the road safely. When navigating through the detour, be cautious and watch out for construction vehicles and workers, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Signage along the detour will emphasize the need to slow down and share the road.

 The City of Ottawa has tools to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:


This project is part of Ottawa on the Move, which is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs. For current traffic and construction information around the city, visit

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