LRT construction could crack heritage sites

There is some concern about how a pair of Lebreton Flats heritage structures will stand up to light rail construction after blasting for a building caused cracks to a bridge, sources tell CBC News.

Cracks appear in 177-year-old bridge after nearby blasting for highrise building, sources say

Heritage bridge cracking after construction

9 years ago
Duration 2:03
Pooley's Bridge and the Fleet Street Pumping Station monitored after blasting cracks the bridge.

There is some concern about how a pair of Lebreton Flats heritage structures will stand up to ongoing light rail construction.

Sources tell CBC News cracks appeared in the 177-year-old Pooley's Bridge, at the bottom of Commissioner Street, after dynamite blasting for a nearby highrise building.

Construction for Ottawa's LRT line will be happening less than 100 metres away.

Learn more about efforts to protect the bridge and a nearby pumping station by watching Cory O'Kelly's CBC TV report in the video player above.


  • The above video report suggested drills would be used to dig the tunnel for the LRT project. To clarify, large excavators are used to dig out earth and rock. The material is removed in sequential layers and may be transported by trucks away from the site.
    Sep 24, 2013 12:02 PM ET


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