Shared photos

1 - 0

Bridging the Gap

An important river crossing in Edmonton gets renewed for 75 more years.

Edmonton, AB

Bridging the Gap

Edmonton’s Groat Road Bridge is a major thoroughfare for traffic between downtown, University of Alberta area, north- and southwest Edmonton, and Hawrelak Park. After years of service, this workhorse needs a bit of TLC to continue servicing the city. The rehabilitation work on the bridge will extend its service life by 75 years, so Edmontonians can continue to cross the river for decades to come.

One Road, Three Bridges

The project consists of three bridges: the superstructure replacement of Groat Road Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River (built in 1955), rehabilitation of Groat Road Bridge over Victoria Park Road (built in 1954), and rehabilitation of Emily Murphy Park Road Bridge over Groat Road (aka Mayfair Bridge, built in 1963), along with renewed roadwork around the bridges. The result will be an efficient artery for Alberta’s rapidly expanding capital city, with safety top of mind for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

A path more traveled

A significant part of the rehabilitation is widening the existing sidewalks to shared-use path standards, enabling Edmonton’s population of avid cyclists and joggers to enjoy the commute even more. Already a popular expressway for the actively inclined, these shared-use paths will provide even more folks with stunning vistas of the North Saskatchewan River Valley, while improving safety and comfort.

Step by Step

The construction will be phased over three construction years. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout construction on Groat Road Bridge, with signals to help regulate merging traffic in surrounding intersections. Once the work on the west side of the bridge is complete, traffic will switch to the new side while the same work is done on the east side. The construction plan is a balance between construction duration and river crossing access to vehicles and pedestrians in the area.

Project facts

Services: Structural Engineering
Client: City of Edmonton
Builder: Graham Infrastructure LP
Collaborators: Al-Terra, Thurber Engineering, Spencer Environmental
Completion: Fall 2020