Save the Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge as seen from Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. Photo: D. Jones

The Alexandra Bridge Coalition 

An inter-provincial, multi-disciplinary Coalition made up of advocates from the heritage, transportation and environmental sectors has been formed to protect the future of the historic Alexandra Bridge. Read our Media Release (April 30, 2021) HERE.

Your Voice Matters! Take Action

The National Capital Commission (NCC) has taken the position that the bridge has to be demolished and replaced, despite the fact that completion of required impact studies have not yet been done, or made public, which would allow for a transparent, evidence-based decision. The NCC has released a survey asking for public input on the bridge replacement. It is presented as a 'fait accompli'. 

The Alexandra Bridge Coalition believes that it is inappropriate for the NCC to be conducting this public consultation in the absence of the required studies. We encourage members of the public to fill in the survey and use the opportunity to demand that the government complete the required environmental, socioeconomic, life cycle and cultural impact assessments, and engage in open, transparent consultation before making any final decision on the future of the bridge.

CLICK HERE for the NCC Survey.

The Alexandra Bridge Coalition (ABC) calls upon the federal government to reverse its decision until all due-diligence studies are completed, especially in light of the Government of Canada's own commitment to renew heritage sites and cultural landscapes, and its policies on climate change and green infrastructure. These studies must include the potential removal of vehicular traffic from the existing bridge and an updated costing analysis for all alternatives.

The ABC proposes that the Bridge be retained for its national built-heritage value and significance, and repurposed for green infrastructure transportation. 

Read the ABC's KEY MESSAGES HERE.

Read the ABC's LIST OF SIGNATORIES HERE

Watch The Alexandra Bridge: Its Construction, Its Significance, Its Future, presented by Heritage Ottawa, and learn about the bridge's construction from 1898 to 1901, the rationale for the cantilevered design, its conversion from rail to vehicular use, as well as the significant role that  bridges have played in our collective consciousness and examples of community-driven efforts to save threatened bridges, both within Canada and abroad.

POST ELECTION 2021 ACTION

The Alexandra Bridge Coalition calls upon Canadians to contact the Prime Minister and the new Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, Filomena Tassi, to DEFEND OUR HERITAGE AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT and exercise their authority to protect the Alexandra Bridge, an iconic landmark in the Nation's Capital, from demolition.

Read the ABC's letter to the Prime Minister  HERE.

Read the ABC's letter to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada HERE.

FEDERAL ELECTIONS 2021

The Alexandra Bridge Coalition asked local candidates from the major political parties in Ottawa-Gatineau to make public their position on the future of the Alexandra Bridge. Read the CANDIDATES' RESPONSES HERE.

Read our Election Media Release (September 15, 2021) HERE.

  • La Coalition pour le pont Alexandra interpelle une nouvelle fois le fédéral

    Le Droit | GAËLLE KANYEBA

    La Coalition pour le pont Alexandra (CPA) demande au premier ministre Justin Trudeau, qui devrait annoncer les membres de son cabinet ministériel sous peu, de...

  • Media Release: Coalition Calls on PM to Mandate next PSPC Minister to Complete Studies Required Prior to Making a Decision on Future of the Bridge

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    The Alexandra Bridge Coalition calls upon Prime Minister Trudeau to mandate the next Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada to complete all the required due...

  • Should the feds 'save' the Alexandra Bridge? Some Ottawa-Gatineau candidates think so

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, by Taylor Blewett

    A group working to dissuade the federal government from its plan to tear down and replace the aged Alexandra Bridge, a key element of the National Capital...

  • Media Release: Coalition Calls on Election Candidates to Take a Position on the Alexandra Bridge

    The Alexandra Bridge Coalition has asked candidates from the major political parties in the National Capital region for their position on the future of the bridge. The Coalition has called on all...

  • Pont Alexandra: une majorité de candidats en faveur de sa préservation

    Le Droit | Julien Paquette | 15 septembre 2021

    La Coalition pour le pont Alexandra dit avoir obtenu l’appui d’une majorité des candidats aux élections fédérales à Ottawa et Gatineau pour...

  • Mairie de Gatineau: Jacques Lemay veut sauver le pont Alexandra

    le 26 août, 2021

    Le Droit | DANIEL LEBLANC

    Le qualifiant de «lieu d'intérêt national important», le candidat à la mairie de Gatineau Jacques Lemay juge que le pont Alexandra ne...

  • Les libéraux divisés sur l’avenir du pont Alexandra
    18 août 2021 Le Droit | Mathieu Bélanger

    L’avenir du pont Alexandra que le gouvernement fédéral projette de détruire et reconstruire d’ici 2032 n’aura pas tardé à faire son apparition dans la...

  • NCC approves Alexandra Bridge replacement planning principles

    CLICK HERE to hear Alan Neil of CBC Radio’s All In A Day interview with Alexandra Bridge Coalition co-spokesperson Jordan Ferraro.

    CBC NEWS Ottawa, By Natalia Goodwin

    The capital...

  • Le pont Alexandra remplacé d’ici 2032

    Écoutez l’entrevue de Claude Royer, le porte-parole de la Coalition pour le Pont Alexandra, à l’émission Sur le vif de Radio-Canada.

    RADIO CANADA

    le 23 juin 2021

    La...

  • How to Get People Across the Ottawa River — and Save our Heritage Bridges

    Ottawa Citizen | Opinion, By George Bruce Levine

    The future of the 120-year-old Alexandra Bridge across the Ottawa River has been the subject of several scenarios, none of which presents a...

Pages