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9 Avenue S.E. Bridge replacement project

Project update – June 9, 2016

Postponement of public engagement on a new 9 Avenue S.E. bridge

  • We had previously said that there would be public engagement in June on the design concepts for a new bridge for 9 Avenue S.E.
  • We are postponing this activity until we can gather more information from the community about the bridge project and how it is impacting the areas around the bridge.We will communicate with the community as soon as possible as we develop our plans to collect input about the 9 Avenue S.E. Bridge.

Project background 

The 9 Avenue S.E. Bridge over the Elbow River connects downtown Calgary and the East Village to the communities of Inglewood and Ramsay. The bridge was built in 1909 to accommodate the new street car system, which utilized 9 Avenue S.E. Today, the bridge is used by vehicles and pedestrians and supports a high volume of traffic.

The bridge needs to be replaced because it has outlasted its original lifespan, has a reduced load carrying capacity and does not meet current design and engineering standards. Its deteriorated physical condition has led to increasing costs to repair and maintain it.

Project scope

The bridge will be replaced starting in 2018* with a new structure that will: 

  • Meet current design and engineering standards, have an increased load capacity and meet increasing traffic demands
  • Add another lane and widen existing lanes to match the adjoining roadway lane width and number, which should help reduce congestion and improve bridge safety (current bridge is three narrow lanes; adjoining roadway is four lanes)
  • Improve flood resiliency
  • Improve pedestrian/cycling access on the bridge and incorporate pathway access
  • Support transit improvements in the area
  • Be easier to maintain and last for the next 100 years
  • Incorporate an historical/commemorative component to recognize the old bridge design
  • Use appropriate detours to minimize user inconvenience during construction


  • Feasibility study and conceptual design – Q1 2016
  • Preliminary design – Q2 2016
  • Detailed design – Q3 2017
  • Anticipated construction start 2018*
  • Construction completion in 2019*.

*Construction is very dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the neighbourhood. Updates will be provided regularly, but dates may change.


$1 million for pre-engineering studies; total bridge budget to be determined


The City of Calgary will communicate with the public and impacted businesses during the design and construction of the project. This will include information sessions, updates to community associations, mail drops and other communication methods. The web page will be the primary source for updated information.

More information

This web page will be the primary source of updated information. Please fill out the online form if you have questions or require more information.