The Walterdale Bridge, as complicated as it is beautiful
“On this bridge — what the city calls its most complex infrastructure project to date — it’s easier to use analogies. The physics involved might make engineering students shudder.”- The Edmonton Journal.
Designed by DIALOG’s Donna Clare, this iconic structure will define the North Saskatchewan River pass through Edmonton for the next 100 years.
It’s 58 m high arches span 206 m across and are supported by thrust blocks on both river banks, negating the need for in-water support beams. The design is refined, clean and weightless.
From start to finish, the concept development and erection of the Walterdale Bridge was a multidisciplinary team effort within DIALOG. Our Architecture,Structural Engineering and Landscape Architecture teams collaborated with ISL Engineering and Buckland & Taylor and other consultants to enable the construction of this audacious design. Because really, where does one put all that weight?
The site, with the steep slope on the north bank of the River was a challenge, but the real brow beater was marked by the bridge’s 125-tonne puzzle pieces. Each piece was unique as they were purposefully misshapen (the weight of the structure would pressurize them into the intended design), meaning contractors needed to make a specific plan for each added piece.
The intricacies of the construction of the Walterdale Bridge was detailed by DIALOG’s Jim Montgomery through the Edmonton Journal. Not recommended for those with a weak stomach. The physics involved don’t only make engineering students shudder.
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