Bridge Damage Results In Massive Bus Re-Routing


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Date: November 23, 2023

The purpose of this memo is to inform the Mayor and Members of Council that the Transitway is  being detoured between Westboro and Lincoln Fields stations as the temporary Roosevelt  Bridge, located at the north end of Roosevelt Avenue near the Dominion Station, has been  temporarily closed for repairs.

Buses that normally use this bridge are being detoured via Churchill Street, Richmond Road and  Carling Avenue in order to continue to connect customers travelling west of Westboro Station with their destinations. Customers can expect that there will be significant delays to their trips,  particularly during the rush hour periods on Friday.

Routes that are impacted include: 57, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 73, 74, 75, 82, 87, 252, 256, 257,  258, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 277, 278, 282, 283.

OC Transpo is working with Traffic Services and other City departments to prioritize transit  services. A number of measures are being implemented, including:

• Removing parking and stopping from Churchill, between Scott and Richmond, and  Richmond, between Churchill and Woodroffe

• No stopping at any time within 50m from the intersections at Churchill and Richmond and  Churchill and Woodroffe

• Adjusting signal timing where possible to assist bus movements at intersections

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The Roosevelt Bridge is a temporary bridge installed to connect the Transitway between  Westboro and Dominion stations while the Stage 2 O-Train West extension is being constructed  in the trench through the area. As part of winter preparations, the contractor installed an  additional plate, required to cover the interface between the road and the bridge. One of the  plates came loose and, during an inspection of the plate, additional damage at this location was  discovered. The contractor is working on a technical repair plan. It is expected that the repairs  will require the bridge to remain closed for the weekend.

Customer information is being communicated through various channels, including customer  alerts, social media updates, signage at stations, and on Customers can visit or use the Transit app for travel planning assistance or call 613-560-5000.

OC Transpo will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.


Original signed by,

Renée Amilcar

c.c.: Senior Leadership Team

Transit Services Departmental Leadership Team Director, Public Information and Media Relations



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