Courtesy of & NCC

The National Capital Commission (NCC) has advised that work will commence on the Hog’s Back Swing Bridge on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The bridge will be closed for a projected nine months. For additional information about this NCC project and site plan, click here.

During this construction, Hog’s Back Road between Prince of Wales and Colonel By Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic. However, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the canal via an accessible pathway to the lock just below the bridge.

The City of Ottawa suggests the following driving detour route during this closure: Prince of Wales to Heron Road to Riverside Drive to Colonel By Drive. A map detailing this route, as well as pedestrian and cyclist entry points to campus may be found on the university’s Transportation Plan website by clicking here.

Carleton University has taken steps to mitigate traffic congestion caused by construction projects around the city. The first step is the construction of Stadium Waythat will connect Bronson Avenue and University Drive through parking lot 5 (P5), near MNP Park. Construction has already begun and will be completed this fall.

The City is planning for the extension of Raven Road to assist in the movement of bus traffic and this project is currently under design by the City of Ottawa.

The closure of the swing bridge will negatively impact commuting to and from the university. We ask community members to exercise patience with one another as we cycle, walk or drive to and from campus during this construction project by the NCC.

Traffic detour options

Full road closure from August 2019 to May 2020.

Detour along Riverside Drive, Heron Road bridge and Prince of Wales Drive.

Modifications to Heron Road and Prince of Wales Drive intersection to accommodate additional traffic volume.

Local access to the Rideau Canoe Club and Parks Canada lockmaster house will be maintained.

Pedestrian and cyclist traffic will be maintained during construction. The crossing will be universally accessible.

Colonel By Drive will remain open, and canal navigation will not be interrupted.