Mission Bridge Rehabilitation – Results of Public Consultation

The rehabilitation is planned for 2024 to address concrete deterioration and improve the overall mobility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.


Mission Bridge, located at the south end of the Mission District at the intersection of Elbow Drive and 4 Street S.W., connects the neighbourhoods of Roxboro and Rideau Park. The narrow, three-lane bridge, was opened to traffic in 1915 and consists of four concrete arches spanning over the Elbow River. Mission Bridge last underwent a major rehabilitation in 1987 and is now in need of upgrading. The City is planning this rehabilitation to start in 2024 in hopes of extending the life of the bridge and making it more user-friendly for all modes of transportation. 

The Mission Bridge rehabilitation project will include repairing various bridge components such as the railing, approach slabs, piers, and abutments. The anticipated repairs will mainly address the concrete deterioration across the structure. It will also provide The City with an opportunity to redesign the bridge cross-section and improve mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. 

The main objectives of the project are to extend the bridge service life by 35 years, and to improve the overall mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

What We Heard / What We Did

Thank you for providing your input on this project. The final cross-section design concept of the Mission Bridge (above) takes into consideration the feedback that we have obtained to date from public engagement and balances that with technical requirements, bylaws, and priorities.

Please see the What We Heard Report for more details on the public engagement process and to see how your input has been used in the creation of the final bridge cross-section design. 

Below you will find the top items that The City has addressed for this project based on what we heard from engagement. 

Design ConceptCity Response
Wider sidewalk addressing pedestrian and cyclist safety concernsPedestrian and cyclist safety concerns will be addressed by permanently separating motor vehicle traffic from active modes. Bikes, scooters, and pedestrians will be accommodated on new multi-use pathways that will replace the current sidewalks on each side of the bridge. 
Enhancing pathways and connectionsTo help improve connections to the existing pathway network in the area, The City will replace current sidewalks with wider multi-use pathways on each side of the bridge.
Lane width consistencyThe width of all three motor vehicle traffic lanes (one southbound and two northbound) will be equal. The consistent vehicle lane width should be better suited to accommodate the traffic volume on the bridge and will hopefully help to alleviate some traffic flow concerns.
Bridge aestheticsThe project team is looking to work with an internal City architect to enhance the bridge aesthetics.
Lighting upgradesThe lighting on the bridge will be upgraded to align with the overall aesthetic enhancements and improve user experience.