Before the June 2013 flood event, the retaining wall located on the west side of the Elbow River, located next to Riverdale Avenue had reached the end of its useful life and was in a condition that made it suitable for replacement. During the June 2013 flood event, the retaining wall and nearby riverbank were significantly damaged, resulting in portions along the riverbank being exposed.
An example of what the new wall will look like when complete
The new 100-metre retaining wall located on the west side of the Elbow River, next to Riverdale Avenue, will be replaced with an engineered solution that has been designed by a multidisciplinary team including engineers, an artist, biodiversity experts and concrete fabricators. It will stabilize the bank and support biodiversity, using steel pilings to hold concrete slabs in place and will be built to facilitate natural overgrowth.
Construction Details and Impacts
- Construction site access is planned at Riverdale Avenue
- Permanent riverbank restoration will be approximately 100 metres of bioengineered retaining wall
- Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2017 and will take approximately three months to complete
- Detours on pathways are anticipated from March 15 to June 30. Click here for more information for pathway closures during the construction
- A portion of the restoration area will be used as a staging area and will fenced off for construction access only
- A construction fence will be placed for the duration of construction
- 17 trees will be removed, yet be replaced by 2,924 plants on site
- There will be some construction noise from machinery and crews throughout the project
- Plywood barrier will be installed to reduce the noise from the equipment and construction
- Working hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Please see the March 2017 project notice for more information.
We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause and thank you for your patience as we restore the health of this riverbank.