Walterdale Bridge reaches its final milestone!
The long awaited completion of Walterdale Bridge is here, and Edmontonians agree that it was worth the wait. The new postcard view of the city no longer has construction fences on the river banks!
Traffic has been driving across the bridge for the past year, but work continued on the unique shared use path bridge and trails surrounding the bridge. The experience of walking and cycling over, under and around the bridge is what makes this project so special.
An official opening took place on September 6th with remarks from Mayor Don Iveson, Adam Laughlin (Deputy City Manager), and Audrey Poitras (President of the Metis Nation of Alberta).
“This bridge clearly demonstrates that this city is not afraid to build the kind of iconic infrastructure and architecture typical in the world’s finest cities.”
-Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
As part of the celebration, the mayor gathered with descendants of John Walter, the area’s namesake, at the site where their grandfather (in some cases great-great grandfather) had a ferry business for crossing the North Saskatchewan. Read more about John Walter’s impact on the city here.
The 5-year construction process was delayed for a variety of reasons that we won’t dwell on, but a lot of it comes back to the fact that this bridge design extremely complex. It’s the most complicated infrastructure project the City of Edmonton has ever done, and we are proud to be the engineering and landscape architecture team behind it. The arch bridge design, led by Jim Montgomery and Edmonton’s structural engineering team, was described by Edmonton Journal as “like assembling a puzzle made with 125-tonne pieces” and “the physics involved might make engineering students shudder.”
Watch a timelapse of the entire construction process. First, the new bridge was built beside the original Walterdale Bridge. Once traffic was able to drive on the new bridge, the original one was deconstructed, then trails and landscaping around the entire site was completed.
Congratulations to the project team! This bridge will continue to make a significant impact for the people of Edmonton for many, many years to come.
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