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Peace Bridge

Calgary’s Peace Bridge continues to be acknowledged as one of this city’s most unique and artistic pedestrian and cycling bridges.

The online design magazine designboom recognized the Peace Bridge as one of the world’s top ten public spaces in 2012 and award-winning magazine AZURE, with a focus on contemporary architecture and design, rated the Peace Bridge as the third top project of 2012. Other awards include Canadian Institute for Steel Construction winner of the 2013 Engineering Award and winner of the 2013 Steel Edge Award.

Officially opened in March 2012, the Peace Bridge accommodates the increasing number of people commuting to and from work and those who simply want to enjoy Calgary's pathways.

Soon after it was opened, thousands of Calgarians began enjoying the Peace Bridge on a daily basis. The City’s corridor count shows more than 6,000 Calgarians are using the Peace Bridge each day. Another corridor count will be done in Spring 2013.

Project scope

The bridge design addresses safety and comfort for users:

  • 6.2-metre wide pathway, double the width of other pedestrian bridges in the area
  • Clear separation between pedestrian and bicycle/wheel traffic for safety
  • Barrier-free access for people of all mobility types
  • Canopy-style glazed roof supports year round use while maintaining natural light
  • Lighting for night time use

Other interesting features of the Peace Bridge…

  • 130-metres long
  • Weighs 1050 metric tonnes
  • Bridge deck is a combination of cast-in-place and pre-cast concrete
  • Five different materials used in constructing bridge: structural painted steel, concrete, glass fibre rebar, stainless steel, structural glass
  • Four different types of lights are incorporated in the bridge

Project timeline

  • Spring 2010 – off-site steel fabrication, construction site preparation.
  • Fall 2010 – modular steel components arrive on-site, assembly of the bridge steel and components begins.
  • November 2011 – bridge structure is moved across the Bow River to its final location. 
  • March 24, 2012 – bridge opened for public use.   

Environmental stewardship

In addition to its superior functionality and striking form, the Peace Bridge supports several of The City's sustainability priorities including environmental protection. The single span structure minimizes the environmental impacts of the bridge on the Bow River and surrounding area. As well, the bridge is designed to withstand Calgary's one-in-100-year flood cycle and meet a minimum 75-year design life span.

Funding, design and contractors

The Peace Bridge was completed within the $24.5 million budget.

The bridge was designed by award-winning architect and bridge designer Santiago Calatrava whose design work spans the globe and includes numerous road and pedestrian bridges.

The general contractor was Graham Infrastructure. The Calgary office of Stantec Consulting supplied technical support and The City’s Transportation department provided management expertise for the project.

More information

Transportation Infrastructure is committed to keeping Calgarians informed about this project. For more information, fill out an online form or call 311. If calling from outside Calgary, call 403-268-CITY (2489).

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