Vimy Memorial Bridge name approved at Ottawa committee

Ottawa's transportation committee has approved changing the name of the recently-opened Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge to the Vimy Memorial Bridge.

Bridge connecting Riverside South and Barrhaven opened this summer

The bridge officially opened to the public on July 12, 2014. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

Ottawa's transportation committee has approved changing the name of the recently-opened Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge to the Vimy Memorial Bridge.

Ottawa city councillors Jan Harder and Steve Desroches posed alongside Legion members after the transportation committee voted to rename the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge the Vimy Memorial Bridge. (Alistair Steele/CBC)
Two Ottawa Royal Canadian Legions had put forth the suggestion to name the bridge after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the defining victory for Canadian and Allied troops in World War I.

The name must still be approved by city council.

The $48 million south Ottawa bridge opened in July after a number of delays, including when the company building the bridge went into receivership.

The bridge connects Strandherd Drive to Earl Armstrong Road, linking the communities of Barrhaven and Riverside South.