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The Mechanized River Valley Access project will connect 100 Street near the Hotel Macdonald to the river valley trail system near the Low Level Bridge. In addition to the funicular, the project will also have a pedestrian bridge, a unique urban staircase, an elevator, and several seating areas and lookout points along the way.

Along with increasing connectivity in the river valley, the project is intended to address the challenges some citizens may face in accessing the river valley from Edmonton’s downtown.

Traffic Detours

Northbound traffic on the Low Level Bridge and eastbound traffic on Rossdale Road/100 Street will detour north to Jasper Avenue. Access to Louise McKinney Park and the Shaw Conference Centre will be maintained from the top of Grierson Hill Road.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Detours

North side trails will be open and realigned to accommodate the new sidewalk configuration for the project.

Traffic Disruptions/Detours

Traffic disruptions will include a lane closure at the top of McDougall Hill Road for approximately 6 months during off-peak hours.

The eastbound lane on Grierson Hill Road will also be intermittently closed from the end of the Low Level Bridge merge lane to about 50 m up the hill for ongoing construction, deliveries, and material removal. Temporary closures will be in place during off-peak hours only.

Northbound traffic on the Low Level Bridge and eastbound traffic on Rossdale Road/100 Street will detour north to Jasper Avenue. Access to Louise McKinney Park and the Shaw Conference Centre will be maintained from the top of Grierson Hill Road.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Detours

Pedestrian and cyclist access to north side trails will be limited between the Low Level Bridge and Dawson Bridge. Closure signs will be in place to let trail users know about trail closures along Grierson Hill Road. Users are advised to go through downtown or use south side river valley trails to get around the trail closures.

Pedestrians may take ETS downtown from stop #1190 north of the Low Level Bridge.

Staircase

There will be a total closure of the staircase connecting McDougall Hill Road to the top of bank near the Hotel Macdonald for the duration of construction.

Until the staircase can safely be reopened, pedestrians will need to use suggested detour routes. The existing wood staircase will be reconfigured and partially utilized within the new design to maintain this important pedestrian route into downtown.

View a larger image of the Mechanized River Valley Access Pedestrian Detour map.

Tree and Shrub Clearing

While shrubs and trees are required to be removed as part of the construction process, an equivalent value of new plantings will occur in accordance to the City’s Corporate Tree Management policy.

The number of large trees being removed for this project is minimal, with the majority of the site being low-lying shrubs and brush. The City will also be reclaiming temporarily disturbed areas with native seed mix.

Project Timeline

Project life cycle chevron stating currently in "build" phase

All timelines are subject to change.

  • Concept design - 2015
  • Preliminary design completion - 2016
  • Construction start - March 2016
  • Construction completion - anticipated fall 2017

Construction of the Mechanized River Valley Access project began in March 2016.

Construction is anticipated to be complete by fall 2017.

Photo Gallery

Construction and development photos - connecting 100 Street near Hotel Macdonald to river valley trail system.

For More Information

Michael Schneider

Title Program Manager
Email michael.schneider@edmonton.ca

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