Changes are coming to the Queensway underpasses

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 in Meetings, Planning | Comments Off on Changes are coming to the Queensway underpasses

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is starting their Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Study for the Rehabilitation / Replacement of Ottawa Queensway Mid-town Bridges from Holland Ave. to O’Connor St.

Several alternatives will be reviewed for each bridge including structural and construction staging options in order to minimize disruption to Highway 417. In addition, engineering, environmental, and property requirements will be established, along with the identification of mitigation measures to reduce or negate short and long term residual effects.


This study will follow the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) planning process for a Group “B” project, with the opportunity for external agency and public consultation throughout the project.

Two Public Information Centres (PICs) are planned for this project to provide an opportunity for the public and agencies to provide input and comment on the project with representatives of the Project Team available to answer questions.

PIC #1 is expected to be held in late Spring 2013 and will present an assessment of planning solutions (Rehabilitation vs. Replacement) and the preliminary design alternatives.

PIC #2 is expected to be held in Winter 2013 / 2014, and will present the study’s technical recommendations and mitigation plan.

Upon completion of this study, a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) documenting the effects anticipated by the project and the corresponding mitigation measures, will be prepared and made available for a 30-day public review period.


To ensure we are using the most current information, we are asking for background data and any pertinent information for the vicinity of the study areas. To maintain our study schedule we are requesting this information or any comments by April 5th, 2013. If you have any project related questions or concerns, or wish to be removed from the project mailing list, please contact:

Steve Taylor, P. Eng., Project Manager Morrison Hershfield / Bytown Engineering
Tel. (613) 601-5393
Toll Free 1-855-228-4813
Fax (613) 739-4926

Don Rowat, P. Eng., Senior Project Engineer Ministry of Transportation
Tel. (613) 545-4723
Toll Free 1-800-267-0295
Fax (613) 540-5106

More details are available in the PDF overview of the project: Queensway Mid-Town Bridges Notice of Commencement