An additional National Capital Region crossing
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Refreshing technical studies for an additional crossing
In 2013, the National Capital Commission (NCC) undertook a technical study on a possible new crossing in the National Capital Region (NCR) between the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. The study evaluated 10 potential corridors.
Budget 2019 provided direction to refresh existing technical studies on an additional interprovincial crossing in the NCR and for the development of the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossings Plan. The plan was developed by the NCC in collaboration with:
- the City of Ottawa
- the City of Gatineau
- the Province of Ontario
- the Province of Quebec
- transit authorities
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- other stakeholders
The technical studies were refreshed in 2019 and 2020, and the plan was approved by the NCC’s Board of Directors in January 2022.
How we will use the new data
The purpose of refreshing the studies was to examine changes that could impact the findings from the previous studies. The project office, comprised of experts from both PSPC and the NCC, will use the results of:
- the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossings Plan, approved by the NCC’s Board of Directors in January 2022
- the Origin Destination Survey, currently underway and led by the TRANS Committee, of which the NCC is a member agency
- the Commercial Goods Movement Survey, initiated in March 2023 by the NCC
This new data will be used to help inform the government on its options for an additional NCR crossing.
2022 geotechnical study
From October to December 2022, PSPC undertook a field study to collect additional geotechnical data in the Ottawa River. The geotechnical data collection stopped in December 2022 due to inclement weather, and it is expected to recommence in July 2023 once in-water restrictions related to fish spawning are lifted. The results of the geotechnical study will be used to understand whether a site may be appropriate to support the structure of a potential crossing.
During the field study, the public should expect to see a barge on the Ottawa River in the east end of Ottawa-Gatineau near Kettle Island, Lower Duck Island and McLaurin Bay.
Role of the project office
In addition to the data refresh, the project office coordinates information gathering and data collection to support the preparation of a business case.
PSPC created the dedicated project office following Budget 2021. The project office is responsible for work concerning an additional NCR crossing.
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