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New Rideau Canal footbridge set to open early

Pedestrians and cyclists in Ottawa should have another option for crossing the Rideau Canal by Canada Day.

Flora Footbridge between Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue expected to open Friday

The Flora Footbridge was nearing completion on Monday, with crews doing final touches on railings and landscaping. (Kristy Nease/CBC)

Pedestrians and cyclists in Ottawa should have another option for crossing the Rideau Canal by Canada Day.

Coun. Shawn Menard tweeted Monday that the Flora Footbridge, which connects Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue in the Glebe, has a tentative opening of 5 p.m. Friday.

The $21-million project began construction in the fall of 2017 and was originally scheduled to open this fall. There's still some landscaping to be done, but the structure itself appears finished.

The footbridge was named after former Canadian politician Flora MacDonald, the country's first female foreign minister.

This will be the second pedestrian bridge to open in Ottawa's central neighbourhoods within a four-year span.

The Adàwe Crossing, which stretches over the Rideau River, opened to pedestrians and cyclists in December 2015. It bridges Somerset Street E. in Sandy Hill and Donald Street in the Vanier/Overbrook neighbourhoods.

Closer to downtown, the Corktown Footbridge over the Rideau Canal, between Somerset Avenue W. and the University of Ottawa, opened in 2006.

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