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Anderson Pedestrian Overpass

Project update - November 2016

The Anderson Pedestrian Overpass has been completed and is now open to pedestrians and cyclists. The project finished ahead of schedule with the original timeline projecting substantial completion for December 2016. The project team hosted the grand opening event of the Anderson Pedestrian Overpass on Saturday, October 29. Community residents from both Woodbine and Cedarbrae sides joined the project team to walk across the bridge, cut the ribbon and enjoy some light refreshments in celebration.

Project background

A pedestrian bridge crossing Anderson Road S.W. near 37 Street S.W. and an accompanying pathway detour are planned for construction and completion in 2016. Located just east of the anticipated South West Ring Road (SWRR), the pedestrian overpass will link the communities of Woodbine and Cedarbrae.

The pedestrian bridge will also serve as an essential north-south pathway connection. The existing regional pathway along 37 Street S.W. is heavily used by pedestrians and cyclists, who currently cross Anderson Road at 37 Street S.W. When construction begins on the South West Ring Road project, pathway users will no longer have access to that intersection. The new pedestrian bridge will replace the existing at-grade crossing and will connect the pathways on either side of Anderson Road.

The pathways that currently lead pedestrians and cyclists to the existing crossing will be detoured through the community temporarily until the SWRR project is complete. New, permanent pathways will be installed as part of the SWRR project. To learn more about the regional pathways and the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway project, visit

Project scope


The project includes a pathway detour on the North and South sides of Anderson Road S.W. and a pedestrian bridge crossing Anderson Road S.W. near 37 Street S.W.

There will be two phases of pathway detours.

  • In Phase 1, pathway users will be able to cross at the existing intersection at Anderson Road and 37 Street S.W. but will not be able to use the grass pathway on either side of Anderson Road due to construction. The detour will allow pathway users to move east from 37 Street S.W. during construction. Please note that this detour was revised in June, 2015.

See a map of the detour during construction

  • In Phase 2, pathway users will not be able to cross at the existing intersection at Anderson Road and 37 Street S.W. and will instead use the new pedestrian bridge to cross Anderson Road. The detour will allow pathway users to cross Anderson Road and reconnect with the pathway on the other side.

See a map of the detour after construction

Project timeline

  • Open House – Completed
  • Detailed Design – Completed
  • Bridge Construction – Ongoing until October 2016
  • Pathway Detour Implementation - 2016
  • Opening – October 2016

Project benefits

The pedestrian bridge and pathway detour are designed to:

  • Enhance pathway user experience and safety
  • Maintain pathway connectivity throughout construction and after completion of the SWRR
  • Provide a direct link for pedestrians and cyclists between the communities of Woodbine and Cedarbrae

Project challenges

  • Anderson Road S.W. is a utility corridor
  • Schedule is the largest challenge as the pedestrian overpass must be built before the interchange project at Anderson Road and 37 Street S.W. starts

Project communication and engagement

Stakeholder communication is an important component of the Anderson pedestrian bridge project. We will ensure stakeholders and the community are kept informed of project updates and construction implications.

Members of the public were invited to drop in to an open house about the Anderson pedestrian bridge project on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Woodcreek Community Association.

Open house attendees were asked to indicate their preferred colour for the arch of the bridge. Similarly, an online survey asked the public for their colour preference. The results are in: the new Anderson pedestrian overpass arch will be Churchill blue!

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