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Ward 11 News: Elbow River pedestrian bridges replacement update August 2014

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Ward 11 official websiteOver the summer construction work has been taking place in your community along to Elbow River to replace the three pedestrian bridges that were damaged in the June 2013 flood. The project is proceeding well and is still on schedule for the bridges to be completed and ready for use in late December 2014, as long as the weather and site conditions remain good.

We appreciate your patience with all of the construction activities and road closures that have taken place so far, but we still have more work and road closures to come. Here are a few brief updates on upcoming construction activities and closures:

The parking lots for Sandy Beach Park at the west end of Riverdale Avenue and at the end of 50 Avenue S.W. will be closed from Sept. 2-15. During this time, crews will be installing bridge towers, cables and bridge decks.

Sandy Beach Bridge – construction update
Foundation work is now complete and the installation of towers, cables and bridge deck panels will begin. This will require construction to take place over the river. Construction will begin at Sandy Beach in early September and then at each bridge until installation is complete, possibly in October or November.

Rafter safety and construction over the river
Although rafters may want to use the Elbow River during the time construction is taking place over the river, rafters are encouraged to stay off the river for their safety. Those who proceed will experience delays as the rafters cannot pass the construction sites until it is safe to do so. Flaggers in the river will hold rafters until it is safe to pass. Construction over the river will take place from Monday to Friday and crews will start early in the day.

For more information
Time lapse sequences and photos of the installation of the towers and deck panels will be available on the project web page. Timelines for work being done will be updated on the web page as these timelines can change. Please see for the latest updates.

General safety
The fenced areas around the bridges are construction sites and no one may enter without full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), which includes a hard hat, vest and steel-toed boots, and they must be accompanied by a member of the construction crew.


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