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Jaipur bridge project

Project update - Oct. 8, 2019

We've selected the future Jaipur bridge design type - the Tied Arch.

Selected bridge type: Tied Arch
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Bridge type rendering: Looking west, from the north side of the lagoon
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This type of bridge was selected based on a number of criteria:

  1. Meets today's bridge standards and guidelines
  2. Meets today's accessibility requirements
  3. Increases the City’s flood resiliency
  4. Accommodates emergency vehicles
  5. Minimizes impact to residents, businesses and events, by limiting construction to one year
  6. Stays within budget

On Oct. 5, we hosted an open house to further explain the criteria we followed and considered, including why this bridge type will provide this connection for the next 100 years. You can review the display boards for more information​.

Next steps

Moving forward, the project team is reviewing and listening to the feedback being received about the bridge design. We’ll continue reviewing the constraints for the bridge design and coordinate the project with the other Eau Claire projects in the area, including the new Eau Claire Promenade and Plaza, Sunnyside Flood Barrier and the Sunnyside Stormwater Lift Station No. 1.

 

Project Scope

It's time to build a better bridge for people visiting Prince's Island Park and using the Bow River Pathways. Fifty-plus years after it opened in 1968, Jaipur bridge needs to be replaced so we can continue to fully enjoy Prince's Island Park and the area for decades to come. The new bridge will:

  • Meet today's bridge design and engineering standards
  • Improve flood resiliency
  • Fit with the new Eau Claire promenade, public realm, and community
  • Accommodate emergency vehicles that need to access Prince's Island Park
  • Maintain long-term access to Prince's Island Park and the Bow River pathways

Construction of the bridge will be coordinated with other Eau Claire public realm projects in the area to minimize impacts.

Project background

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Built in 1968 as the primary south connection between the Eau Claire area and Prince's Island Park, Jaipur bridge has reached the end of its service life. Its condition has deteriorated due to salt-laden moisture inside the structure. Furthermore, the design of the bridge no longer meets the current demands - it's a popular bridge!

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

What's in a name? Jaipur Bridge

Jaipur, India is one of Calgary's sister cities; Daejeon, South Korea; Daqing, China; Naucalpan, Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona and Quebec, Canada.

Jaipur was chosen as a sister city to Calgary in 1973 because of common interests in industries, like engineering and manufacturing. Since then, a number of actions were undertaken to strengthen the relationship between the two cities.

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  • Jaipur delegation visits Calgary to celebrate Calgary's centennial and an office twinning ceremony
  • Calgary delegation visits Jaipur to celebrate Jaipur's 250th anniversary of Jaipur's founding
  • Calgary makes donation to Operation Eyesight, matched by Provincial and Federal governments, towards Jaipur's sight restoration program
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  • Jaipur dedicates lands in city for what is now known as the Jaipur/Calgary Eye Hospital
  • Operation Eyesight, a Calgary-based non-profit, continues to make donations to Jaipur over the years, to support the construction of the Jaipur/Calgary Eye Hospital
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Canadian International Development Agency, on behalf of City of Calgary, helps to restore Jaipur, after a disastrous flood to the city​

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Calgary's Fish Creek Lions Club raised funds, matched by The City of Calgary, to build an operating theatre in the Jaipur/Calgary Eye Hospital​

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  • Calgary Council, endorsed the formation of the Calgary/Jaipur Development Foundation, with a parallel organization created in Jaipur.
  • The non-profit Calgary/Jaipur Development Foundation is incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act
  • The Calgary/Jaipur Development Foundation was founded in Jaipur under the laws of the State of Rajistan
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Calgary Council approves exploring the naming of a public facility, "Jaipur"​

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  • The City of Calgary names the bridge that links to Prince's Island Park, "Jaipur bridge"
  • Mayor Al Duerr hosts an unveiling ceremony of the Jaipur Bridge and a dinner in honour of His Highness Maharaj Jai Singh

You can see a display in The City's Municipal Building Atrium area, celebrating all our Sister City Relationships.

Timeline

As the project develops through 2019 and early 2020, we will add more information about the design process and construction scope and impacts:

  • 2019 - Bridge design
  • 2020 - New bridge construction

Budget

9.6 million- This budget includes replacing Jaipur bridge and flood protection measures for 2 Street S.W. pedestrian bridge, to the east.

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