City Readies for Walterdale Bridge Construction: Part 4, In with the New

After years of archaeological study, public involvement, planning and design, the Walterdale Bridge replacement project takes an exciting step forward with construction beginning this spring. Leading up to construction kick-off, the City will share details of construction, its impacts and what they mean to Edmontonians.

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Over the next several years Edmontonians will face some traffic disruptions, road closures and delays as Walterdale Bridge construction takes place. But when the new bridge opens the short term pain will be worth the long term gain, opening an exciting new chapter in the City’s history and adding a beautiful new addition to our unique river valley.

The new Walterdale Bridge will have a number of improvements over the old bridge. It will have better access to existing area trails, including wide sidewalks on either side of the bridge to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, and provide a seating area and outlook for pedestrians crossing the bridge.

The new bridge will also allow for a continuous trail along the north river bank beneath the bridge, something the current bridge cannot accommodate. This trail will align with the future West Rossdale Urban Design Plan and repurposed EPCOR generating station, an area with planned upgrades such as shared-use pathways, a gathering space, and a “touch the water” promenade.

Drivers will appreciate the wider three-lane river crossing, as well as enjoy a smooth riding surface that replaces the metal grating of the old Walterdale Bridge.

The new Walterdale Bridge will be an elegant structure, with a modern yet timeless feel. Its steel arch design and related artworks will complement and enhance the area’s natural beauty. And in times of celebration, the bridge will have the ability to become a focal point, lighting up the river valley with beautiful kinetic lighting displays.

Take a ride across the future bridge and watch a kinetic light show on the final design video.

For more on the Walterdale Bridge project, go to www.edmonton.ca/WalterdaleBridge.

 

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Kelly FitzGibbon
Kelly FitzGibbon is a communications officer with the City of Edmonton's Roads Design & Construction, working on projects like the Walterdale Bridge and Building Great Neighbourhoods.
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