The 100 Year Old Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton
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The 100 Year Old Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton.
The famed Walterdale Bridge is a cross-bar steel structure, constructed by the Dominion Bridge Company spanning the Saskatchewan River in the Edmonton region of Alberta province in Canada. The bridge was named in honor of an early colonizer known as John Walter.
The Walterdale Bridge is going to be replaced soon by a new bridge that connects the north side of the Saskatchewan River to its South side. The construction of the new bridge was started in the year 2013 and it was planned to be fully completed at second half of 2015. However, there was considerable delay and the bridge was finally completed in early 2016.
Highlighting Features of the Old Walterdale Bridge
o Having two lanes for supervising traffic that is northbound towards downtown area
o It has served as a solid link spanning the Saskatchewan River for almost 100 years
o There are sidewalks on both the sides of the structure for pedestrian walking and cyclists
o Serves and supports almost 35,000 vehicles plying to and fro on a daily basis.
Why the Walterdale Bridge Has To Be Replaced?
It is vital that the old bridge be replaced with a new one, as the steel construction is slowly getting corroded and the overall structural capacity does not support the weight of heavy trucks with significant loads. The new bridge plan involves three traffic lanes to ease the congested traffic of the Walterdale Road and the Queen Park, especially during the morning office hours. Moreover, the local people can have better access to the market streets
The Walterdale Bridge is most likely to be demolished and eradicated in the year 2017. Major plans are underway for the construction of the new bridge, which will have improved walker and cyclist crossings with its three way traffic lanes. The new bridge is touted to be one of the best bridges to be built in Edmonton, enhanced with twin 56 mt. towering arches covering the east side of the river. Unlike Walterdale Bridge, the new bridge arches won’t be resting on in-river piers and is to be supported by mega blocks to be thrust on both sides of the river banks.