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Jaipur Bridge

Project update - November 2021

Construction of the New Jaipur Bridge continues, and while work will reduce through the winter months, you can still expect to see construction activity in the area. The Jaipur site will remain active, which means pathway detours and fencing will remain in place. Some of the community-level impacts that you can expect throughout the winter are listed below:

  • We know that skating on the Eau Claire Lagoon is a favourite community attraction in the winter, and while the construction is ongoing for the new Jaipur Bridge, the lagoon will remain closed. Do not try to access the lagoon this winter. Please maintain a safe distance from the construction zone and beware of thin ice within the lagoon.
  • The permanent pathway connection north of Jaipur Bridge is now open. This is the first permanent infrastructure element of the Eau Claire Area Improvements program to be completed. The pathway will be tied into the north abutment of the new Jaipur Bridge once ready. 

Girder Delivery and Erection for the New Jaipur Bridge

Delivery of steel girders for the New Jaipur Bridge is scheduled to begin on November 18. The delivery will be done in three trips; November 18, 22 and 25. The deliveries route is shown below:

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Parking will be restricted along the east side of 2 Street SW and the south side of Barclay Parade, as shown in orange, but we do not expect any business or residential access disruptions. To ensure safety throughout the delivery, you can expect to see slow-moving trucks, with backup alarms and flaggers on-site to direct traffic. We know that the site will be congested throughout the delivery, and we appreciate your patience with our crews. 

Once the steel is on-site, the steel girders are scheduled to be erected and installed in place on November 29 and 30.

Girder Deliver and Erection: The above schedule is subject to change based on weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Construction in Eau Claire

The Eau Claire Area Improvements Teams are working through a busy construction season in the Eau Claire area. To ensure Calgarians can safely visit and enjoy the area, you will see construction fences, pathway detours, and construction activity.

For up-to-date information and more detail, please visit our construction and detours webpage. Our website will be updated throughout construction to keep you informed about getting around and what to expect in Eau Claire.

The new bridge

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A view of the re-designed Jaipur Bridge from the upgraded Eau Claire Promenade at the south side of the lagoon in winter. This image shows how the projects in the area are being integrated and coordinated.

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The view from the deck of the re-designed Jaipur Bridge. This bridge will be wider than before - 6 m wide to match the extension of upgrades we’re doing in the area to the pathway connections, the Eau Claire Promenade and the Eau Claire Plaza.

Project Scope

Fifty-plus years after it opened in 1968, The Jaipur Bridge needs to be replaced. Due to accelerated deterioration from water and salt leading to concerns regarding its structural integrity, the bridge has been closed off to the public and will remain closed until its replacement is built.

Once complete, the newly designed bridge will continue to provide access for people visiting Prince's Island Park and using the Bow River Pathways and it will ensure that Calgarians can continue to fully enjoy the area for decades to come. The new bridge will:

  • Meet today's bridge design and engineering standards
  • Improve flood resiliency
  • Be coordinated with the overarching improvements being made to the Eau Claire area
  • 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

Project background

The existing bridge:

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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.

1978

  • 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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1979

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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

1982

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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​

1986

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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​

1990

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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

1991

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Calgary Council approves exploring the naming of a public facility, "Jaipur"​

1994

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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

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Timeline

  • Design of replacement bridge: COMPLETED
  • Remove trees and relocate utilities: COMPLETED
  • Hire contractor: COMPLETED
  • Mobilize to site: COMPLETED
  • Prepare the construction zone: COMPLETED
  • Remove existing bridge: COMPLETED
  • Drill bridge piles: COMPLETED
  • Reopen north pathway on Prince’s Island: COMPLETED
  • Place Steel Girders = Winter 2021/2022
  • Construction Completion: Fall 2022

*Construction is dependent on weather, site conditions and timing of other projects in the area. Updates will be provided regularly, but dates may change without notice.

Budget

$11.45 million - This budget includes the design and construction to replace the Jaipur Bridge

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