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Reconciliation Bridge rehabilitation

Project update

Traffic impacts

The Reconciliation Bridge, which runs over the Bow River at Memorial Drive and 4 Street N.E., will be reduced to a single southbound lane until the project completion date of August 30, 2019.

Memorial Drive traffic impacts
There is now only one turning lane from westbound Memorial Drive onto the bridge. The reverse turning lane on Memorial Drive to Edmonton Trail will instead be opened for use by eastbound left-turning traffic, allowing for an eastbound dual turn at all times of the day.

There will be both vehicular and pedestrian traffic impacts during the rehabilitation which started in June 2018. Work is planned to be done in stages with one traffic lane and one sidewalk closed at a time throughout the project.

Project Timeline

  • Project start: June 2018
  • Project completion: Aug. 30, 2019

Project overview

The Reconciliation Bridge, which spans over the Bow River between 4 Avenue and Memorial Drive, will undergo repair and rehabilitation work in 2018-19. The steel truss bridge was built in 1910 to carry electric street cars across the Bow River. Currently the bridge carries two one-way traffic lanes and is a major access to the downtown core.

Project scope

The scope of this project includes:

  • Replacing the east sidewalk and railing with a wider 2.50m sidewalk
  • Replace the west bridge sidewalk and railing with a 1.88m sidewalk
  • Structural repairs to the deck, approach slab and abutment
  • Replacement of expansion joints
  • Paving the bridge with new asphalt
  • Painting the entire bridge (to be done during the summer of 2019.)


The budget for the rehabilitation work on the Reconciliation Bridge has been set at $3.5 million.


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