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9 Avenue S.E. Bridge Replacement Project

Upcoming construction activities

In May, ENMAX will be doing utility relocation work around the bridge. This work is anticipated to take approximately a week and requires temporary pathway detours and closures. * Signs will be onsite showing pedestrians and cyclists information about the detours and closures.

Any pathway detours or closures related to construction activities will be posted on the pathway and detours closure page. Our interactive pathways and bikeways web map and app are kept up-to-date with pathway detours and closures.

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, standards and guidelines
  • Improve flood resiliency – 1:100 year flood
  • Cycling and pedestrian pathway on the north and south side
  • Support transit improvements in the area
  • Be easier and less expensive to maintain for the next 100 years
  • Ensure a safe emergency route across the Elbow River
  • Incorporate an historical/commemorative component to recognize the old bridge design
  • Use appropriate detours to minimize user inconvenience during construction (access over the Elbow River will be maintained)
  • Road width to accommodate up to four lanes
3 lane and 4 lane options

Frequently asked questions


9th Ave Bridge rehab


  • Feasibility study and conceptual design – Winter 2016
  • Preliminary design – Spring 2017
  • Detailed design – Winter 2017 - Summer 2018
  • Anticipated construction start – Fall 2018*
  • Anticipated opening date – Fall 2020/Winter 2021
*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.


$23 million


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.

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

Related documents

What we heard report - March 2017 engagement

Display boards - May 2018 engagement