Edmonton – Friday, June 22, 2018
The pedestrian bridges in Edmonton’s Mill Creek Ravine have reopened four months ahead of schedule and on budget.
"Completing this rehabilitation on budget and ahead of schedule will provide residents the opportunity to safely use the Edmonton River Valley trail system throughout the summer months," says director of transportation infrastructure delivery, Sam El Mohtar.
Originally built in 1902, the timber trestle bridges along the trail were part of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway that carried the first trains to Edmonton. The railway was decommissioned in 1958. In the 1970s, Edmonton took ownership of the bridges and converted them for pedestrian use.
"Stakeholder and community engagement sessions emphasized the importance of preserving the heritage value of the structures," says Troy Letwin, ISL Engineering and Land Services’ Project Manager. "Taking this to heart, the project team salvaged and reused 25 per cent of the original wood to maintain the historical look and feel of the rehabilitated trestles, while also extending the service life and improving the safety and functionality of the bridges".
Completed ahead of schedule and on budget, the $7.7 million project saw the rehabilitation of two trestle bridges and the replacement of one trestle and two glulam (glue-laminated timber) bridges.
About Mill Creek Ravine
Mill Creek Ravine is a high profile urban park and a key component of the City of Edmonton’s ecological network. The trail system in Mill Creek Ravine makes it a popular recreational destination and a useful commuter link into downtown Edmonton.
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