102 Avenue over Groat Road - Bridge Replacement Project
Bridge Opening on July 15, 2016
July 18, 2016 - The new 102 Avenue over Groat Road Bridge opened on Friday July 15, 2016.
By mid-morning Friday July 15, one lane in each direction was open to vehicles and pedestrians. Beginning with Friday’s afternoon drive home, there will be two traffic lanes maintained in each direction during peak hours (Monday-Friday, 6am to 9am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm) with pedestrian access on one side.
Lane reductions will be required, during off-peak hours, over the coming months to complete the finishing work throughout the summer and fall. Finishing work includes installing railings and replacing the concrete median on Groat Road. Multiple weekend and overnight closures of Groat Road and the multi-use trail on the west side of Groat Road will also be necessary in the coming weeks.
The new $32-million bridge features four lanes for traffic with lanes wide enough for ETS buses. It will also feature wider sidewalks and a dedicated bike lane with enhanced barrier protection. The project will be completed by the end of September 2016.
The City of Edmonton thanks the local businesses on 102 Avenue and 124 Street, residents, motorists and trail users for their patience during bridge construction.
Road Closures and Detours Map
During the bridge replacement construction, several road closures will be required to accommodate the construction activities. To assist those affected by these closures, an interactive map has been created which will be updated to provide the latest closure and detour information.
About the Project
The 102 Avenue over Groat Road Bridge serves as a major east/west corridor into and out of Edmonton's downtown. Constructed in 1910, the bridge has reached the end of its lifespan and will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge to better serve Edmontonians.
The replacement bridge has a clear span of approximately 100 m and will maintain the existing four-lane configuration. It is designed to accommodate a cycle track on the north side of the bridge between the sidewalk and outside travel lane and sidewalks along the north and south sides. The design of the new bridge considers:
- Stabilization of both the east and west slopes using soil nails
- Maintain the existing four-lane configuration with wider lanes to meet current standards
- Concrete deck with asphalt surfacing
- Upgrades to the drainage infrastructure
- Respect the existing valley and minimize environmental impacts of the project (no piers in the valley)
- Safety improvements on both 102 Avenue and Groat Road
- Accessibility for other modes of transport
- Wider sidewalks on both sides of the bridge with enhanced barrier protection providing separation between traffic and pedestrians
- High quality cycling facility to maintain connectivity with bike routes
- Vehicle lanes of sufficient width for ETS buses
- A public art piece created by Alberta artist Faye Heavyshield
Shoring installed near Wellington Bridge just west of the 102 Avenue over Groat Road Bridge provides access to construction vehicles.
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