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Jaipur Bridge

Project update - Feb. 19, 2020

An inspection of The Jaipur Bridge revealed accelerated deterioration from water and salt. Due to concerns regarding its structural integrity, the bridge will remain closed until its replacement is built in 2021.

Next steps

The citizen feedback we received on the recommended bridge type at our October 5, 2019 open house led us to re-visit the design criteria. View the display boards that were presented at that open house. We want to make sure we're making the right decisions today for the future of the bridge and Prince's Island Park.

The City will present the revised Jaipur Bridge design to the Calgary Planning Commission along with the Eau Claire Promenade and Plaza projects.

 

Project Scope

We're building 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!

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 2020, we will add more information about the design process and construction scope and impacts:

  • 2019/2020 - Replacement bridge design
  • 2021 - Replacement 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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