All about the new Highway 401 Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge

October 22, 2007 | 10 comments

A brand-new pedestrian and cycling bridge, linking the TCT between Cambridge and Kitchener, was officially inaugurated on Sunday, October 21st. The $1.7-million construction cost was funded equally by the Region of Waterloo, the City of Cambridge, and the City of Kitchener, along with a $100,000 grant from the Trans Canada Trail organization.

The 101.5-metre-wide bridge features a spectacular enclosed arched canopy that was designed in consultation with the community and local professionals. A team of experts in the fields of architecture, art, engineering and landscaping was assembled to ensure a safe, sound, and visually appealing structure.

A few facts about the bridge…

  • 1st pedestrian/cycling bridge to be built across the 401
  • Distance above the Highway: 14.58 metres
  • Height at arch centre: 7.64 metres

For more information on technical and construction aspects of the bridge, please contact Alex Koch, Coordinator of Design & Development for the City of Cambridge.

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Bob “Trail Guy” McMullen was instrumental in initiating the bridge project. Here he is on a trial run.

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The Cambridge-Kitchener bridge in (almost) all its glory.

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Interior view of canopy, designed by Joe Somfay Architect Inc., of Waterloo

Our thanks to Bob McMullen and Alex Koch for the photos.

Comments



  • wow!let’s go canada!!!i hope the tc trail will be finished fast because i want to be one of the few billion who are going to be on this public trail!yippee!

    jotvarinder mann  |  October 13th, 2007 at 5:20 pm


  • How do I get to this bridge?

    L. M. Spencer (MR)  |  October 24th, 2007 at 11:37 am


  • I am originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, presently living in Australia. I am eagerly watching the progress of the trail as it gets built.
    My own personal involvement has been to cycle the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in British Columbia. If much of the trail is as exciting as that area, we are all in for a treat.

    Bobbie Kohan

    Bobbie Kohan  |  October 25th, 2007 at 3:10 am


  • The wonderfull bridge has received a lot of publicity over it’s construction period, however what’s lacking is info/map as to where exactly the bridge can be accessed off of.

    Eve

    Eve  |  November 11th, 2007 at 7:17 pm


  • Very interested in the trail as it progresses thru Canada and especially the Pickering/Toronto area. I just happened to spot the advertising on TV. Keep it going, you have my support a great Christmas gift for the family that has everything, I am sure they would love to see their name on a wall supporting the trail.

    Cathy Bassett  |  December 7th, 2007 at 11:42 am


  • This bridge connects Morningside Drive (Cambridge) with Doon Valley Drive (Kitchener), which both dead end at Highway 401 two km west of Highway 8.

    Mike  |  January 16th, 2008 at 4:18 am


  • The ped bridge over highway 401 is located at the north end of Morningside Drive. The bridge is .8km north of our TCT pavilion at the intersection of Fountain St & Blair Rd …. actually a traffic circle. If coming via highway 401, use exit #275 to Fountain Street and follow Fountain (1.5km) to the traffic circle. Our TCT trailhead provides parking and seasonal portable toilet.
    ped bridge: N43 23.521 W80 23.814
    TCT pavillion: N43 23.168 W80 23.382

    Bob McMullen  |  April 2nd, 2008 at 12:18 pm


  • Thanks for the info, Bob.

    Ringer  |  April 2nd, 2008 at 1:32 pm


  • Thanks, Bob. That’s just amazing. I live in Hespeler and have biked all the way across cambridge to acess the camb-paris trail. Now I have another way to go, this sounds like a huge deal. Is it completed yet?

    GT Aggressor 3.0  |  March 28th, 2010 at 2:58 pm


  • Ohhhhhh that’s the TCT bridge, I have already seen it so many times on my way to Ayr west from Cambridge. I’m a couple years behind here, but also relatively new to the Tri-City area, so just ignore all this. :) Happy trails, pun intended!

    GT Aggressor 3.0  |  March 28th, 2010 at 3:14 pm


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