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Memorial Drive bank restoration - 3 St NW

In the June 2013 flood, a portion of the riverbank along the Bow River along Memorial Drive (3 Street N.W. and west of the Centre Street bridge) encountered significant erosion. Restoring the riverbank by installing rip rap protection, major earthworks and outfall repairs were was completed in mid December 2013.

Project update

Completed work
In mid-December 2013, rip rap installation, major earthworks, and outfall repairs were completed as part of this bank restoration project. Phases 2A (pathway work at the top of the riverbank) and 2B (landscaping) were completed earlier this summer.

Work starting in late September
Phase 2C will now commence in late-September which includes digging 4m deep concrete piles to support a short section of flood retaining wall.

The construction site is along the south side of Memorial Drive, adjacent to 3 Street N.W., west of Centre Street bridge and east of the pedestrian bridge crossing.

Construction is planned to start in late-September 2014 and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete. See the Customer Notice for more information and a map of the restoration area.

Customer Impact

  • Traffic along Memorial Drive will be impacted. During construction there will be one lane closed along Memorial Drive eastbound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon-Fri and full days on Sat-Sun. Please watch for detour signs.
  • The existing temporary pathway will be closed for the duration of construction. Please watch for and obey pathway signage. Visit pathway closures for more information.
  • Customers may also notice some noise and dust as construction material is delivered. Our contractor will abide to The City's standards for dust and noise control during the construction period.

About the project

Approximately 90 metres of land eroded, the pathway was lost and a major sanitary trunk was close to being exposed. The restoration of the riverbank will require large sizes and volumes of rock material and will stabilize the slope to protect it from further erosion.

Proposed permanent riverbank restoration involves approximately 350 metres of rip rap placement along the banks, repairs of two existing storm outfalls and construction of a new pathway to the 1-in-100 year flood level.

Memorial Drive flooding and restoration images

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Memorial Drive during flood
  • Memorial Drive pre-flooding
  • Memorial Drive flood damage
  • Memorial Drive flood damage
  • Memorial Drive flood damage
  • Memorial Drive flood damage
  • Memorial Drive December Update
  • Memorial Drive December Update 2
  • Memorial Drive December Update 3