Bridgeland-Riverside Multimodal Pedestrian Bridge

Bridgeland-Riverside Multimodal Pedestrian Bridge

In partnership with the Calgary General Hospital Legacy Fund Review Committee, The City of Calgary is developing the preliminary design of the Bridgeland Riverside Multimodal Pedestrian Bridge.

Project update – October 2022

The Bridgeland Riverside Multimodal Pedestrian Bridge project team has reviewed past engagement and is now looking for community insight to ensure we understand the complete picture of the opportunities and challenges for the area, how users access the current bridge, and how a future bridge will support a variety of different travel modes.

Provide your input

Follow this link to our engage portal page where you can complete the survey online or download a hard copy that can be printed and mailed to our team. If you would like to participate in the Bridgeland Pedestrian bridge Survey verbally, please call 311.

The engagement survey will be open until November 30, 2022.

About the project

Design and benefits

The Bridgeland Riverside Multimodal Pedestrian Bridge will cross over Memorial Drive parallel to the existing C-Train crossing and continue across the north channel of the Bow River to St. Patrick’s Island. The Bridge is envisioned to provide improved pedestrian and introduce a multi-modal connection from the communities of Bridgeland and Riverside to the Bridgeland - Memorial LRT to the Bow River Regional Pathway network and destinations including St. Patrick’s Island, East Village, and the Downtown core.

Community engagement commissioned by the Calgary General Hospital Legacy Fund Review Committee for the initial stages of the bridge project determined the readiness and need for a new bridge to connect more directly to the island.  Going into the design phases, the City of Calgary, with its consultants, will work to validate the work that has been done and further the conversations on project elements that are important to the community.

Next steps

Preliminary design

The project is currently in the first steps of the preliminary design phase. Given the location of the bridge, we know there are many constraints, including existing infrastructure and available land. With the help of community input, and other information, such as data collection and field investigations, the recommended bridge type will help set the stage for the detailed design of the bridge.

A recommended bridge type will be determined using a multiple accounts evaluation table. The set of evaluation criteria used in the table will reflect the project purpose and principles. During the Feasibility Study for the project the Calgary General Hospital Legacy Fund Review Committee  determined the purpose and principles as: 

  • Placemaking & Community Building: Create a connection between the community, the existing LRT Station and St. Patrick’s Island that celebrates its unique location and provides access to surrounding amenities. Create a gateway to the community. Re-establish the connection between the community and the Bow River focused around resilience, community experience and wellbeing.
  • Safety & Accessibility: Improve safety and accessibility between the community, the existing LRT Station and surrounding amenities.
  • Sustainability & Economic: Create a bridge that helps define the success and identity of the community, encourages future development in the area and provides a missing connection within the tourism corridor.
  • Implementation: Maximize continuity of service and access to community and existing LRT station throughout construction.

Preliminary design timeline

  • Fall 2022: Investigation through engagement, community meetings, and research.
  • Winter 2022: Prepare bridge design options for evaluation.
  • Spring 2023: Provide a recommended option to the Calgary General Hospital Legacy Fund Review Committee.

At this time the project is only funded for Preliminary Design. Funding for detailed design and construction is dependent on further review and approval.


Budget

The preliminary design is funded through the Calgary General Hospital Legacy Fund Review Committee.


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