NCC approves Portage Bridge construction project

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The National Capital Commission (NCC) has approved plans to update the Portage Bridge. The project is scheduled to begin construction in July with a completion date in September, reported Global News.

The project calls for rehabilitating the surface of the road as well as enhancing the cycle track. Plans show that the driving lanes will be reduced in width from 3.4 meters to 3.2 meters, with a new half-meter shoulder and quarter-meter barrier between the road and the bike lane. The cycle lane would widen from 2.5 to 2.6 meters and will be raised to sidewalk level.

“If approved, work will start in July and will affect traffic patterns,” the NCC said in a tweet. “We’re in the process of developing a traffic strategy for users and visitors who use the Portage Bridge. To ensure safe operations, we will proactively announce lane closures, construction schedules, etc.”

The project will cost $2.2 million to install the barrier for the bike lane with the full project costing around $9.2 million.

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