Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge

Project Status – November 2022

We have finalized a plan to repair the Peace Bridge after 70 per cent of the glass railing panels were vandalized in July. Working collaboratively with Santiago Calatrava Architects and Engineers and a local architectural firm, steel tension cables will replace the glass railing panels in a solution that maintains the original design for the bridge while also reducing costs for ongoing maintenance. We thank Calgarians for their patience as we developed an efficient and cost-effective plan to repair the Peace Bridge.

About the project

The Peace Bridge originally opened to the public on March 24, 2012, and over the last 10 years has become an iconic landmark for both Calgarians and tourists, drawing approximately 9000 visitors per day in the summer months who walk and wheel over the bridge.

In July 2022, 70 of the 100 glass railing panels were vandalized and since that time, steady progress has been made to evaluate a repair solution that maintains the original design of the bridge, using materials less susceptible to vandalism and that are easier to maintain over time.

Currently, construction fencing has been installed in front of the broken panels to protect members of the public as the bridge remains open to those walking and wheeling. 

Project benefits

By changing the materials of the Peace Bridge railing from glass to steel cables, we’re able to restore the Peace Bridge’s iconic look while also:

  • Reducing annual maintenance costs by $35,000
  • Keeping the bridge easy to maintain by using materials readily available in North America
  • Keeping the bridge safe and durable by using a material more resistant to vandalism

Project timelines

With a plan in place, we are finalizing the construction details and sourcing materials for the repair.

Repairs on the Peace Bridge are anticipated to begin in Spring 2023 with a plan to reopen the Peace Bridge in Summer 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since the vandalism event, what has The City been working on?

Public safety continues to be our top priority, so several safety and security measures were installed following the vandalism event to protect the public. This involved removing the damaged panels and installing fencing on the sidewalks to protect pedestrians, as well as security guards to patrol the Peace Bridge. We have also been working closely with Mr. Calatrava and our architectural consultant over the last few months to develop and finalize a plan to repair the Peace Bridge. 

How did The City come up with the plan to repair the Peace Bridge?

As the Peace Bridge is a popular destination for both Calgarians and those visiting Calgary, our plan to repair the Peace Bridge needed to be safe, durable and align closely with the original design of the Peace Bridge. Given our current economic climate, the cost of both the repair and ongoing maintenance of the bridge was also a key consideration. After an evaluation of the different factors, we consulted with Mr. Calatrava to ensure our proposed plan to use steel tension cables stayed true to his original design for the Peace Bridge. 

Why did The City not simply replace the glass panels?

The vandalism event allowed us to take a closer look at alternate materials that would be more durable over time, easier and more cost effective to install and maintain, while also staying true to the original design for the Peace Bridge. Steel tension cables met the criteria with the materials available in North America, allowing us to start repairing the Peace Bridge in Spring 2023.

How are we maintaining the look and feel of the bridge with steel tension cables?

In our consultation with Mr. Calatrava, maintaining the railing shape and transparency was a key outcome of the original design for the Peace Bridge. The use of steel tension cables allows the curved railing shape and transparency to be maintained for those walking and wheeling on the Peace Bridge while also being more cost effective to install and maintain. 

When will the Peace Bridge reopen to the public?

The Peace Bridge remains open to those walking and wheeling across the Peace Bridge. We are expecting to begin the repair process in Spring 2023 and anticipate the repair of the Peace Bridge to be completed in Summer 2023. 

Project timeline

  • Detailed design: Ongoing
  • Anticipated repair start: Spring 2023 (pending availability of materials)
  • Anticipated repair completion: Summer 2023 (pending availability of materials)

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