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Vimy Memorial Bridge

The Vimy Memorial Bridge is located in the Barrhaven area connecting Strandherd Drive with Earl Armstrong Road crossing the Rideau River. Formerly known as the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, the structure was renamed in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War 1.

Work began in 2010, but was marred by delays when the original contractor went into receivership after having completed 60% of the project. Horseshoe Hill Construction completed the remainder of the bridge, which was officially opened on July 12, 2014 at a total cost of approximately $50 million.

This steel reinforced concrete composite bridge was designed by Parsons, a leading technical, engineering, construction, and management support firm and since its completion has won international recognition including being awarded the prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal in 2015. Having a main span of 125.000m, a total length of 143.000m, a total width of 50m and an arch rise of 25.3m at its highest point, this “truss arch bridge” is an imposing structure for the community that surrounds it.

A plaque on the side of the bride reads as follows:

Vimy Memorial Bridge
Opened July 12, 2014
Vimy Memorial Bridge commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War in 1914 and the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a key battle of the Great War, which took place in northern France in April 1917.
Canadian Regiments from coast to coast fought together and triumphed at Vimy Ridge, helping to create a stronger sense of Canadian identity and community.
Of the 100,000 Canadians who fought valiantly at Vimy Ridge, 3,598 died and approximately 7,400 were injured.
Local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion proposed that this bridge be named to honour the many heroes of Vimy Ridge.
The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa provided funding for the bridge.

A large nest appears at the top of the bridge. The photos here really don’t do it justice, the bridge is much larger in person. The first time I made it out here I lacked the time to really look around and as a result I missed the bottom parts of the bridge. There is a great path that flanks the Rideau River and travels right underneath this bridge. I found that despite the busy traffic happening on the bridge, the sound does not carry below.

Location Address: Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road, Ottawa, ON

Edited from first post dated: 05/24/2017