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This footbridge will link Edmonton to Strathcona County and connect to the trail systems within the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Background

The City of Edmonton, Strathcona County and the River Valley Alliance (RVA) are partners in funding the planning and design and construction of a new footbridge over the North Saskatchewan River. This footbridge will link Edmonton to Strathcona County and connect to the trail systems within the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The Great Trail of Canada (Trans-Canada Trail) will connect to this pedestrian bridge through the local trail systems. 

This footbridge will improve access and connectivity, leading towards a continuous multi-use trail system in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. This footbridge is identified in the City’s Ribbon of Green, and the Strathcona County Trail Strategy. These 2 trail systems are also part of the RVA Plan of Action 2007 and the RVA Strategic Plan 2021-2024.

Feasibility

A feasibility study was completed in January 2020 to better understand the feasibility of constructing a bridge in this area and better define the project scope, costs and construction timelines. The study considered the City of Edmonton, Strathcona County and RVA plans and policies as well as technical constraints and requirements such as geotechnical (soils and slopes), environmental (water and land) and hydrotechnical (river flow) information, regulatory requirements, land uses and existing utilities.

The feasibility study recommended a general location for the footbridge and trail connections; connecting 167 Avenue (on the west/Edmonton side of the river) to Township Road 540 (on the east/Strathcona County side of the river).

map of 167 Avenue and township road 540 with sketch of bridge areasee larger view

Project Timeline

concept phase

Phase 2

Fall 2022 - Fall 2024
Construction

Winter 2022 - Fall 2022

  • Detailed Design
  • Tendering

This phase will proceed if funding is approved by the City of Edmonton, Strathcona County and the River Valley Alliance.

Phase 1

July 2021 - December 2021
Preliminary design

December 2020 - June 2021
Concept design

This phase considers the connecting trails, open space upgrades, recreational upgrades, restoration and enhancement of the environment, and supporting access upgrades to the new footbridge.

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FOIP Statement

This information is being collected under the Authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and will be used for delivery of the Edmonton - Strathcona County Footbridge project information, and is protected by the privacy provisions of FOIP. If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of these data, contact the Project Manager at ali.alou@edmonton.ca or (780-442-3312).

Public Engagement

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the project team remains committed to delivering safe and efficient public engagement opportunities. Online public and stakeholder engagement, as well as Indigenous engagement, will occur during this project and will begin in early 2021. Please continue to monitor this webpage for important project information, as well as upcoming engagement opportunities.

For More Information

Ali Alou

Title Project Manager
Email edmontonstrathconafootbridge@edmonton.ca

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