Alberta Mirror

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

New Edmonton-Strathcona County pedestrian bridge suspended to enter list of iconic landmarks

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Key takeaways: 

  • Building on the $41 million Edmonton-Strathcona County Footbridge will begin this summer.
  • An artist rendering of the Edmonton-Strathcona County Footbridge is slated for building this summer.

The plan is completed, and construction is set to start this summer on the $41.1 million Edmonton-Strathcona County Footbridge in northeast Edmonton. 

The project will join 167th Avenue in Edmonton to Township Road 540 in Strathcona County and enhance connectivity to the local trail system from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan. 

A quarter of the price for the project is being covered by the City of Edmonton, with another quarter arriving from the county and half will come from the River Valley Alliance (RVA).

“This pedestrian bridge will be a critical addition to the North Saskatchewan River Valley,” states Kristine Archibald, the executive director of the not-for-profit organization, in a release.

Once done, in late 2024 or early 2025, the pedestrian bridge will connect local trails with the Trans Canada Trail, the most extended trail network in the world.

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he plan is completed, and construction is set to start this summer on the $41.1 million Edmonton-Strathcona County Footbridge in northeast Edmonton

For self-professed “bridge nerd” Natalie Lazurko, it’s thrilling times. 

Lazurko, the city’s transportation planning and design director, states they already have 11 car bridges over the North Saskatchewan River, seven pedestrian bridges, and two LRT bridges, but that’s just a “fall in the bucket.” 

“We’ve got upwards of 400 bridges and main structures,” she states, including overpasses, tunnels, boardwalks, and culverts.

A number Lazurko thinks will shock Edmontonians who perhaps know the bridges in their area or along their commute. Having watched all of them, Lazurko says her favorite is the Walterdale Bridge naming it an “icon signature structure.”

City archivist Kathryn Ivany values pointing out things you might not know regarding Edmonton bridges, including the dates on the footpath under the Walterdale Bridge.

Source – cbc.ca

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