Walterdale Bridge

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Walterdale Bridge
Walterdale bridge from below.jpg
Walterdale Bridge
Coordinates 53°31′43.5″N 113°30′08″W / 53.528750°N 113.50222°W / 53.528750; -113.50222Coordinates: 53°31′43.5″N 113°30′08″W / 53.528750°N 113.50222°W / 53.528750; -113.50222
Carries 105 Street northbound, pedestrian walkway
Crosses North Saskatchewan River
Locale Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Official name Walterdale Bridge
Maintained by City of Edmonton
Characteristics
Design Truss, steel grating deck
Total length 214.2 metres (703 ft)
History
Opened 1913
Closed 2017
Replaced by New Walterdale Bridge
Walterdale Bridge is located in Edmonton
Walterdale Bridge
Walterdale Bridge
Location in Edmonton

The Walterdale Bridge (formerly called the 105 Street Bridge) was a steel grating-decked bridge that spanned the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was built in 1913 by the Dominion Bridge Company and was named after John Walter, an early settler who ran a ferry at this approximate location,[1] the neighbourhood Walterdale at this location was also named after John Walter.[2]

Replacement[edit]

Construction began on a replacement bridge in early 2013 and was scheduled to be completed in late 2015; however, it did not open (two lanes only) until September 18, 2017. The contractor faced over $10 million in penalties for the delay, the new bridge has three lanes for northbound vehicular traffic and improved pedestrian and cyclist crossings. The old bridge was demolished and removed. Roadway and trail links north and south of the bridge were partially complete as of 19 September 2017,[3] and the pedestrian access and third lane opened on September 29, 2017.[4]

The new bridge is located east of the original bridge, and is supported by concrete thrust blocks on the banks of the river, eliminating the need for piers, the arches are 56 metres (184 ft) tall.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ivany, Kathryn (2004). Historic Walks of Edmonton. Red Deer Press, Calgary. pp. 25–31. ISBN 0889952981. 
  2. ^ "John Walter Historic Area". Parks Canada. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Parrish, Julia (September 18, 2017). "Walterdale Bridge contractor could pay up to $12M in fines for delays: City". CTV News Edmonton. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kornik, Slav (September 29, 2017). "Edmonton pedestrians can now use new Walterdale Bridge". Global News. Retrieved September 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Walterdale Bridge Features :: City of Edmonton". City of Edmonton. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2015.