All about the new Highway 401 Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge

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.

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

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

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

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