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The replacement of the 102 Avenue bridge over Groat Road is now complete.  The information on this page is the history of the project including updates that were given throughout the duration of the work.

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.

May 2016 - Project Update

Our great weather has allowed crews to begin doing the concrete pouring on the 102 Avenue Bridge. With the warmer temperatures, crews have poured the bridge deck and two-thirds of the barriers. The roadway approach slabs will be poured within the next month. There’s still quite a bit of work to do before the bridge is finished, but it’s still on schedule for fall 2016.

 March 2016 - Project Update

Concrete pouring on the bridge began on Sunday, March 20 on the centre portion of the bridge deck. This work is weather dependent and will continue as conditions allow.

When work is in progress, concrete trucks will be staged along the eastbound side of 102 Avenue from the alley behind the 125 Street businesses to the 124 Street intersection. These trucks will be positioned at this location and backed into the site using flagging professionals.

Due to the truck staging area on 102 Avenue, traffic travelling between Groat Road and 124 Street on 102 Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

January 2016 - Project Update

The expected completion date of the bridge is fall 2016. It was determined that working during winter could lead to quality issues for the concrete deck and risk to drivers using Groat Road. As a result, construction work was temporarily suspended in mid-December 2015 and will resume in early spring 2016.

November 2015 - Project Update

A new bridge construction plan has been in place since June 2015 and it will continue with extended hours and multiple shifts to make up for the delay in this project . In addition, the contractor explored options that would allow them to continue work through winter.

Unfortunately, it was determined that working during winter could lead to quality issues for the concrete deck and risk to drivers using Groat Road.

Construction on the bridge will end in mid-December 2015 and will resume in early Spring 2016. The expected completion date remains as previously announced -- Fall of 2016.

Bridge Design

The bridge cross-section has been redesigned to align with the major bike route plans and now includes a cycle track along the north side of the bridge rather than individual bike lanes on both sides of the bridge. The cycle track features a concrete median that physically separates cyclists from traffic and pedestrians.

102 Avenue Over Groat Road Bridge Replacement - Cross-Section - November 2015

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July 2015 - Project Update

On March 16, 2015, during the installation of girders on the 102 Avenue Bridge over Groat Road three steel girders buckled.

Preliminary investigation suggest the buckling was the result of the subcontractor responsible for installing the girders misinterpreting the precise bracing requirements between the last four girders. The spacing braces failed upon crane release of the second last girder, resulting in the buckling of three girders.

Graham Group subcontracted the girder installation to a firm involved in this type of work for over 40 years and is considered a leading Canadian subcontractor in this field. The bridge structure for this project required a unique, project-specific procedure in order to lift and place the girders.

The three girders were removed and have been repaired off-site using heat straightening. The repaired girders passed all required quality tests/inspections and were accepted by the engineer of record for reinstallation. The removed girders have been reinstalled and the bridge structure has been approved and deemed safe to resume construction.

All of the documentation on the repair work and ongoing construction has been reviewed not only by the contractor’s engineering team but also the third-party engineers and the City staff overseeing the project. Ongoing construction for the project is now back to being managed by the Engineer of Record and City staff.

A construction acceleration plan has been developed and bridge work continues with extended hours and multiple shifts through this construction season.

The timeline remains consistent with the previous update, with the project scheduled to be complete in 2016.

March 2015 - Project Update

Girder installation began in March and the work has caused some changes to the parking and access through the area.

Project Update - March 2015

January 2015 - Project Update

  • Piling work is still underway on both sides of Groat Road.
  • Girder erection to follow and will require temporary full closures of Groat Road.

November 1 & 2, 2014 - Project Update

There will be a total closure of Groat Road from 107 Avenue to Victoria Park Road over the weekend as crews erect shoring towers for the bridge.

October 29, 2014 - Project Update

The Groat Road shared-use path will be closed starting at 7 pm October 29 until mid-January to accommodate girder work for the bridge. Detour signage in place for pedestrians and cyclists.

October 8, 2014 - Project Update

The project contractor will be moving to a two-shift operation to drill and pour pilings. This includes night work for approximately the next three weeks.

August 2014 - Project Update

A quarterly update of the project including details of the demolition of the existing bridge and the paving of Groat Road.

Quarterly Update - August 2014

March 2014 - Project Update

An update of the project details including the anticipated impacts that construction will have in the area.

Project Update - March 2014

March 2014 - Open House

On Thursday, March 13, the City met with residents and stakeholders to share information about the construction process, and road and transit detours. The project team also shared information about shoring work on the Wellington Bridge to the west of the bridge closure.

January 2014 – Schedule Update

  • Surveyors are on site on an intermittent basis as required.
  • Tree clearing will begin on February 17 and will result in minor traffic disruptions for approximately 2 weeks.  This work will take place adjacent to the existing bridge to allow room for equipment to install soil nails. These will stabilize the hillside prior to new bridge construction. The area will be re-landscaped once the bridge is completed.
  • May:
    • EPCOR Water will be upgrading waterline on 102 Avenue.
    • Drainage Services to complete storm sewer upgrades.
    • Soil nailing on the Groat Ravine slopes until June.

December 2013 - Construction Update

  • A pre-construction public meeting will be held in early 2014.
  • The construction contract has been awarded to Graham Construction. Work is anticipated to begin in spring 2014.
  • EPCOR Water will be upgrading waterline on 102 Avenue in May 2014.
  • Drainage Services is anticipated to complete storm sewer upgrades in May 2014.
  • Starting in January 2014 there will be surveyors out on site on an intermittent basis as required.
  • Tree removal is likely be completed prior to April 2014.

September 2013 - Project Update

125 Street and Clifton Place will be closed for six weeks beginning in early September to accommodate EPCOR water main upgrades along 125 Street, Clifton Place and 102 Avenue. This work is being done in advance of the replacement of the 102 Avenue over Groat Road Bridge and Glenora neighbourhood reconstruction, both beginning in 2014.

Water main upgrades will be scheduled over two years in order to help maintain access to local businesses and residents, as well as to minimize road closures on 102 Avenue.

Access to local businesses and residents will be maintained from 102 Avenue, Jasper Avenue and local alleys.

Customer Notification Letter - High Street; Clifton Place

For More Information

Jim Murray

Telephone

780-944-7667

Email Jim.Murray@edmonton.ca

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