Commanda Bridge Expected To Open Next Week


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Subject / Objet Opening – Chief William Date: March 20, 2024 Commanda Bridge 

The purpose of this memo is to provide Council with an update on the status of the Chief William  Commanda Bridge. We are anticipating opening the bridge early next week and will provide an  official communication when it has opened. The opening of the bridge is weather dependent, and  staff are watching forecasts closely. During this time, we ask that residents respect the barriers and  refrain from using the bridge to maintain public safety. 

The Chief William Commanda Bridge multi-use pathway opened during the summer of 2023,  offering pedestrians and cyclists scenic views and access to pathways through Gatineau and  Ottawa. The bridge has been closed since November 21, 2023, as it was not designed for winter  pedestrian or cycling use and the structure of the bridge does not allow for safe plowing, salting or  grit operations. 

The 2023/2024 winter season saw below average snowfall and higher than normal temperatures  across the city. As a result of these atypical weather patterns, staff were unable to accurately  assess the feasibility of alternate winter maintenance activities, as well as the potential use of the  bridge for recreational activities (e.g: cross-country skiing). Staff will continue to explore the  potential for winter use of the bridge and will provide Council with an update.  

The planned re-opening of the bridge remains weather dependent. Even when the bridge is  reopened early next week, in the event of a weather event or drop in temperature causing snow and/or ice accumulation on the bridge deck, staff may be required to temporarily close the bridge  until conditions allow for safe pedestrian and cycling access.  

Original signed by,

Alain Gonthier Dan Chenier 

General Manager General Manager 

Public Works Department Recreation, Cultural, and Facility Services Department 


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3 Responses

  1. Been There says:

    Do our bureaucrats get paid by the word?

  2. Ken Gray says:

    Been There:

    I don’t know what to say but it’s an interesting concept.



  3. Paul R Pothier says:

    And here, all along, I thought the bridge was a *transportation* link. Now, I understand, its primary purpose was to offer “pedestrians and cyclists scenic views” the “access to pathways through Gatineau and Ottawa” was a secondary consideration.

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