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History’s Arch

Edmonton celebrates its river roots with a new bridge at the site of the city’s founding

Edmonton, Alberta

Bridge history

The Walterdale Bridge is named after early settler John Walter, who operated a ferry at this crossing over the North Saskatchewan River. The new Walterdale Bridge replaces the old structure built in 1912-13. The new bridge is set to be completed in 2018.

The archway

The new 230m bridge span features a signature arch structure (over 50m tall) serving as a gateway to the downtown core. The bridge allows for both a greater flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the stunning North Saskatchewan River.

The parkway

Pedestrian routes offer excellent accessibility and connectivity to the River Valley’s extensive trail system. These newly created passageways resulting from the bridge’s arched design accommodate public art, as well as seating for taking in the signature views of both the city and River Valley.

Functional and beautiful

As a prominent addition to the Edmonton skyline, the bridge is designed to be both functional and beautiful. The signature steel arches and cable design hides utility pipes and cables, which have been relocated from the old Walterdale Bridge. At night the bridge lights up, using kinetic lighting to further mark it as a distinct part of Edmonton.

Project facts

Completed: 2017
Collaborators: Buckland & Taylor, ISL, Alterra
Client: City of Edmonton