A transformation
is underway

A transformation is underway, changing how people will move through the Chaudière Crossing, making it safer and easier for cars, bikes, buses, pedestrians and trucks to co-exist. When it re-opens the Chaudière Crossing will be a place where people of all ages and abilities feel safe and comfortable crossing the river.

Creating a safer route to bike, walk and drive.

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Introducing the Chaudière Crossing Transformation

One of the most beautiful interprovincial crossings in the National Capital Region has sadly also been its most notoriously difficult to cross. But that’s about to change. The Chaudière Crossing Transformation will introduce Ottawa-Gatineau’s newest complete street, bridging the gap between our two cities while providing safe and attractive passage for everyone.


Summer 2019

From May 29 through August 27, 2019, the Chaudière Crossing is closed to automobile traffic, but remains open to transit, cyclists, and pedestrians.

August 27, 2019

The Chaudière Crossing reopens to vehicles and work continues on pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.


The Chaudière Crossing Transformation is complete and is now open to all.

Renderings of completed transformation


The Chaudière Crossing was closed on April 27 due to high water levels and reopened on May 26 to pedestrians and cyclists.

As previously announced, the Crossing will remain closed to -motorists for the summer months of 2019, so that it can be transformed into a complete street that is safer for everyone: pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The Crossing will be available to OC Transpo busses, cyclists and pedestrians during this time.

The Chaudière Crossing Transformation is a large infrastructure project undertaken by Public Works and Procurement Canada, the City of Ottawa, the Ville de Gatineau, the NCC, OC Transpo, the STO, and Zibi.

Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.

In addition, work is underway to lay the infrastructure required to implement the first carbon neutral district energy system in the region.

City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau approved the closure of the Crossing for the transformation.

The crossing will reopen to all vehicles on August 27th, 2019. Please refer to Public Services and Procurement Canada for questions on Union Bridge on Chaudière Crossing.

The majority of the Crossing will be a Complete Street in Spring 2020.

When it reopens, the Crossing will be safer and more comfortable for everyone – cars, bikes, buses, pedestrians and trucks.

Drivers won’t see a difference in how traffic flows, but for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, the experience will be night and day.

The Chaudière Crossing will include the following Complete Street features:

  • Four fully protected cycling intersections at major intersections from Pimisi Station to rue Laurier in Gatineau, including the Booth Street and Sir John A. MacDonald intersection;
  • Raised and segregated pedestrian sidewalk for the full Crossing;
  • Raised cycle tracks for the majority of the road between Pimisi Station in Ottawa to Laurier in Gatineau;
  • Painted lines, flexiposts or pinned curbs on the narrowest sections of the bridges and spans.

Unfortunately, the historic Chaudière Crossing includes a number of narrow and legacy bridges and spans that cannot accommodate raised or segregated bike lanes. In those areas, cyclists will find painted lines and sharrows. On Union Bridge, there will be pinned curbs to protect cyclists. Work with government partners is ongoing to try to find innovative solutions to make the rest of the sections safer.

As promised, the Crossing is reopening to cars, trucks and busses, just in time for Back to School on August 27. The traffic lanes are ready, and authorities want to resume normal traffic flow as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, work continues on the sidewalks and cycling infrastructure, which will be ready in mid-October.

Cyclists can either share the road with traffic, or dismount and walk their bikes on the sidewalk. They also have the option of using the newly segregated bike lane on the Portage Bridge.