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9 Avenue S.E. Bridge replacement project

 

Project update - 12 March, 2019

Making room for construction - tree removals

Starting later this week and into the week of March 18, The City is removing trees and greenery by the existing 9 Avenue S.E. bridge. Approximately 50 trees will be removed - both mature and younger trees. To minimize impacts to trees in the area, the project team decreased the construction zone as much as possible, including the space for a temporary bridge. The trees, which are being removed, were labelled on March 1.

You can find more details about tree removals in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Making room for construction: Closing 7 Street S.E.

In April 2019, The City is closing 7 Street S.E. and the west river pathway, under the CP Rail bridge, to make room for both the temporary bridge over the Elbow River and constructing the new 9 Avenue S.E. bridge. Once the contractor confirms, we will update you with a more specific timing on the closure.

Until November 2019, the official north-south detour for this closure is 8 Street S.E. Detour signs for people using 7 Street S.E. and the pathways will be in place prior to the closure. We're currently working with the Green Line team on a longer-term north-south detour, which may include using the east river pathway, to accommodate the 8 Street S.E. closure after November 2019.

Weight restriction in place

As a precautionary measure, trucks heavier than 5 tonnes (ll,000 lbs) will no longer be allowed to use the bridge. We have also closed one lane of traffic to further reduce weight on the bridge.

You can find more details about the weight restrictions in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

 

Project scope

Construction on a new bridge begins in 2019. The new bridge will continue to connect citizens and visitors over the Elbow River for another 100 years:

  • Adds cycling and pedestrian pathways on both north and south sides
  • Supports transit improvements in the area
  • Includes a fourth vehicle lane so it can accommodate traffic flow for the next 100 years, including a possible HOV and/or Transit lane.
  • Ensures a safe emergency route across the Elbow River
  • Meets current design standards and guidelines
  • Improves flood resiliency - 1:100 year flood
  • Reduces maintenance Incorporates an historical/commemorative component to recognize the old bridge design

Project background

In partnership with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), The City of Calgary is replacing the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge over the Elbow River because it has reached the end of its original lifespan. The aging bridge also has a reduced load carrying capacity, does not meet current design and engineering standards, and requires increased costs to maintain it.​

Since 1909, the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge has connected citizens with the historic Inglewood and Ramsay communities, Calgary's growing city centre, and today's developing East Victoria Park and East Village. The bridge was originally built to accommodate the new street car system. Today, the bridge is used by a high volume of people walking, cycling and driving.

Frequently asked questions

Making room for construction - tree removals

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Information on weight restrictions

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General project questions

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Budget

$23 million (shared by the Province of Alberta and CMLC)

Contact us

If you have questions about replacing the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge please contact the project team at Inglewood-Ramsay@calgary.ca.

For more details on the engagement process, visit the project's engage page.

Timeline

  • Remove trees to prepare the construction zone: early March 2019
  • Hire contractor: March 2019
  • Closing 7 St S.E.: April 2019
  • Begin building temporary vehicle bridge: April 2019
  • Open temporary vehicle bridge (vehicle access over Elbow River during construction): summer 2019
  • Remove existing bridge: fall 2019
  • Construct new bridge: fall 2019 - fall 2020
  • Landscaping (includes replanting trees), refurbish Sculpture Park, install commemoration pieces and Inglewood sign: fall 2020 and spring 2021

*Once the contractor is hired, we will update the schedule as more information is confirmed. Construction is dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the neighb​ourhood. Updates will be provided regularly, but dates may change.


Bridge design

3 lane and 4 lane options
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9 Ave Bridge rendering 1
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9 Ave Bridge rendering 2
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9 Ave Bridge rendering 3
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