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.