The wait is over! Edmonton opens the new Walterdale Bridge!
Edmontonians have anxiously awaited the opening of the new Walterdale Bridge since construction began in 2013. Today, their wait ends as the iconic new bridge opens to traffic for the first time.
“We’re pleased to be able to share this beautiful bridge with the public,” said Deputy City Manager, Adam Laughlin. “This new river valley icon will be something for commuters to look forward to on Monday morning and for Edmontonians to use and admire for the next 100 years.”
The original Walterdale Bridge, now at the end of its life, was a three-span structural steel truss bridge constructed in 1912. It will be deconstructed and removed from the site over the course of the next year.
The new Walterdale Bridge is a signature arch structure located in the heart of Edmonton’s river valley, respecting the setting, and creating a landmark gateway to the city’s downtown. The bridge is designed to carry three lanes of northbound traffic across the river with provisions for an additional fourth northbound lane in the future.
While the bridge is now open to vehicles, there’s an estimated two months before the final stages of construction are complete. The design also includes a separate shared-use pedestrian bridge to the east that has an iconic design of its own—a non-conventional box type structure that is suspended from the bridge’s east arch.
DIALOG was significantly involved in the Walterdale Bridge replacement project’s concept, engineering detail (in collaboration with Buckland and Taylor), and urban design which were all developed in context with the Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan. DIALOG principals were instrumental in convincing the City of Edmonton that a new Walterdale Bridge was a rare opportunity to have an icon in the river valley, instead of the standard bridge replacement that was originally planned.
Once all phases are complete, the multi-modal bridge will be a significant piece connecting the north and south river banks to pedestrians, cyclists, and other river valley patrons in addition to vehicle traffic.
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