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9 Avenue S.E. Bridge replacement project

Project update - April 25, 2019

Replacing 9 Avenue S.E. bridge- temporary bridge construction begins

With the contractor onboard crews are working on preparing the site for the temporary bridge. Here's an update on the work that's underway and what to expect over the next few weeks:

  • Locate underground utilities
  • Begin pile driving for the temporary bridge foundation - the week of May 6
    • Pile driving can be loud. This construction will take place over the course of two weeks.
    • Pile driving is scheduled to occur on Mondays, between 7 a.m. to early evening, and between 7 and 10 a.m. on the other days.
  • Clear area west of river for the detour road leading up to temporary bridge
  • Determine number of statues to relocate from Sculpture Garden in OutWest Park
    • Statues that are relocated will be put back in the park once construction is completed

The pathway detour signs are in place with maps onsite to help people travel around the construction area. If you have any questions about the work underway or what's to come, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Historical interpretation plan

In June, we're planning to engage the community on the proposed Historical Interpretation Plan for the 110-year-old 9 Avenue S.E. bridge. We gathered a lot of feedback from previous engagements in 2018 and will have a few options on how best to honor the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge. More information on the engagement opportunities will be available as they develop through the spring.

Weight restriction in place on bridge

As a precautionary measure, trucks heavier than 5 tonnes (ll,000 lbs) will no longer be allowed to use the bridge. We have also closed one lane of traffic to further reduce weight on the bridge.

Once the temporary bridge opens this summer, we expect to remove the current weight restriction.

You can find more details about the weight restrictions in the Frequently Asked Questions section.


Project scope

Construction on a new bridge begins in 2019. The new bridge will continue to connect citizens and visitors over the Elbow River for another 100 years:

  • Adds cycling and pedestrian pathways on both north and south sides
  • Supports transit improvements in the area
  • Includes a fourth vehicle lane so it can accommodate traffic flow for the next 100 years, including a possible HOV and/or Transit lane.
  • Ensures a safe emergency route across the Elbow River
  • Meets current design standards and guidelines
  • Improves flood resiliency - 1:100 year flood
  • Reduces maintenance Incorporates an historical/commemorative component to recognize the old bridge design

Project background

In partnership with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), The City of Calgary is replacing the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge over the Elbow River because it has reached the end of its original lifespan. The aging bridge also has a reduced load carrying capacity, does not meet current design and engineering standards, and requires increased costs to maintain it.​

Since 1909, the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge has connected citizens with the historic Inglewood and Ramsay communities, Calgary's growing city centre, and today's developing East Victoria Park and East Village. The bridge was originally built to accommodate the new street car system. Today, the bridge is used by a high volume of people walking, cycling and driving.

Frequently asked questions

Making room for construction - tree removals


9Ave Bridge - Tree removal

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Information on weight restrictions


9Ave Bridge - Weight Restrictions

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General project questions


9th Ave Bridge rehab

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$23 million (shared by the Province of Alberta and CMLC)

Contact us

If you have questions about replacing the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge please contact the project team at

For more details on the engagement process, visit the project's engage page.


  • Remove trees to prepare the construction zone: COMPLETED
  • Hire contractor: COMPLETED
  • Close 7 St S.E.: COMPLETED
  • Begin building temporary vehicle bridge: April 2019
  • Open temporary vehicle bridge (vehicle access over Elbow River during construction): summer 2019
  • Remove existing bridge: fall 2019
  • Construct new bridge: fall 2019 - fall 2020
  • Landscaping (includes replanting trees), refurbish Sculpture Park, install commemoration pieces and Inglewood sign: fall 2020 and spring 2021

*Once the contractor is hired, we will update the schedule as more information is confirmed. Construction is dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the neighb​ourhood. Updates will be provided regularly, but dates may change.

Bridge design

3 lane and 4 lane options
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9 Ave Bridge rendering 1
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9 Ave Bridge rendering 3
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