Ottawa – Today, the Harper Government, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa celebrated the opening of the new Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge. This new bridge, which spans the Rideau River between River Road and Prince of Wales Drive, provides new transit, traffic, cycling and pedestrian connections between the Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.

This 143 metre long bridge carries four general purpose lanes, two auxiliary turning lanes, two dedicated transit lanes, two on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks in each direction. The dedicated transit lanes will provide efficient OC Transpo services as an alternative to the private automobile while on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks will promote active transportation measures.

The bridge will also contribute to public safety by enhancing emergency response capabilities to both Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.

“The Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge has been my top priority for constituents in Barrhaven, Manotick, and Riverside South,” said the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P. Nepean-Carleton. “That is why I helped obtain one-third of the funding needed from the federal government. I am very pleased to celebrate the completion of this long awaited and much needed infrastructure project for the tens of thousands of residents who will benefit from it. Through this project, and others like it, the Harper Government is creating new jobs and stimulating the local economy.”

John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South, noted that, “Infrastructure is not about bricks and mortar. It’s about people. We remain committed to improving quality of life and creating new opportunities for prosperity through sustainable long-term investments in infrastructure.”
“This new bridge will help reduce commute times, facilitate new transit connections and provide a beautiful new piece of architecture for the nation’s capital,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is another great example of what can be accomplished when the federal, provincial and municipal governments work together to deliver transportation infrastructure.”
The total cost of the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge Project was $50 million. The Federal and Provincial governments are each funding a third of the project’s eligible costs, to a maximum of $16 million each, under the Building Canada Fund. The City of Ottawa is contributing the remaining funding.