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.
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).