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Jaipur Bridge

Project update - July 2021

The contract for the new Jaipur Bridge has been awarded, to Graham Construction. This means we are preparing to mobilize our construction teams mid-July. Fencing and construction activity will increase on site in early July to prepare for construction.

The first work you will see is the construction of a berm and working platform in the lagoon followed by demolition of the existing bridge. The pathway on the north (Prince’s Island) end of the bridge will be temporarily closed to facilitate construction of the permanent connection to the new bridge. We expect the north pathway to be reopened in September. Temporary pathway detours will be identified onsite, so please travel with care and watch for detour signage in the area.

The Eau Claire lagoon will be drained after the flood season in July to allow crews to safely access the bridge for the demolition, removal, and reconstruction. With all work happening in and near the river, we follow the guidelines and conditions as part of our regulatory approvals. This means that extensive work is being done to ensure the marine life within the lagoon is safely collected and relocated, and the quality of water or run-off from the lagoon is maintained for the duration of construction. 

Schedule:

  • July:
    • Pathway detour installed through Eau Claire Plaza
    • Area preparation, including tree protection
    • Draining of the Eau Claire Lagoon
  • August:
    • Lagoon berm construction
    • Pathway detour installed through Prince’s Island Park
    • Bridge demolition

The demolition of the existing Jaipur Bridge is anticipated to occur throughout the entire month of August.

Expected timeline: 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 preparing for a busy construction season in the Eau Claire area. To ensure Calgarians can safely visit and enjoy the area, you will soon see more 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: July 2021
  • Prepare the construction zone: July 2021
  • Remove existing bridge: Summer 2021
  • 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.

Budget

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

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