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The City is rehabilitating the 3 Groat Road Bridges and Groat Road from 87 Avenue to the North Saskatchewan River. Construction began in 2018 and is expected to be complete in 2020.

Project Update - Fall 2019

October 2019

Construction on the west side of the Groat Road Bridge is nearing completion. The team is working on the final steps, including deck waterproofing, paving and lane line painting. Clean up of the site, roadway tie-ins and roadwork at the north and south ends of the bridge are being completed in preparation for the traffic transition to the west side. 

November 2019

A number of equipment transitions will be completed including the underdeck truss flip, the reassembly of the gantry crane on the east side of the bridge and the gantry rail relocation. Once completed, vehicular traffic will be relocated to the new west side of the bridge, followed by a temporary pedestrian route along the centre of the bridge which can be expected late November. For the safety of all users, cyclists must dismount when using the sidewalk until the end of the project.

Project Update - May 2019

Work continues on the west side demolition. Work has commenced on the Emily Murphy Park Road over Groat Road bridge and will continue throughout 2019. Road work has also continued on Groat Road from 87 Avenue to the North Saskatchewan River. Boaters, please obey all signs and buoy markers in the water.

Various nighttime closures (8pm-6am) of Groat Road Bridge and River Valley Road are expected at intermittent times through this phase. 

Closure Notice - January 2019

Starting Thursday January 3, River Valley Road under Groat Road Bridge, including the shared pathway, will be closed for bridge abutment demolition. Work is expected to be complete by Saturday February 2. Temporary traffic controls will be installed. All travellers, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, are advised to take alternate routes and adhere to signage in the area. 

To access River Valley Road east of Groat Road Bridge, motorists will need to approach from the east side of the bridge. Motorist access over the river via Groat Road Bridge will be maintained for both southbound and northbound traffic. 

Access to the bridge from the northeast shared pathway will be maintained. Pedestrian and cyclist access to the bridge from the northwest side of the bridge will be closed due to the proximity to the demolition site. Shared pathway users approaching from the northwest side are advised to detour to the 102 Avenue bike route. 

Access to the Victoria Park Oval will be available from the east side of the Groat Road Bridge on River Valley Road. 

The City thanks motorists, pedestrians and cyclists for their patience during the completion of this critical work.

Project Update - November 2018

The Groat Road over Victoria Park Road Bridge has been rehabilitated and is mostly complete except for some remaining painting, sealing and road work. The temporary traffic signal which was causing traffic congestion has been deactivated.

Emily Murphy Park Road Bridge over Groat Road (Mayfair Bridge) will be rehabilitated in 2019 with reduced lane widths and staged construction.

Work completed to date on the Groat Road river crossing included routing traffic to the east side of the bridge, allowing work on the west half of the bridge. A gantry crane is being installed to remove the existing bridge deck and girders starting in December 2018, followed by installation of the new girders and the pouring of a new deck in spring 2019. When the west half is complete, traffic will be routed to the new side and work will begin on the east half of the bridge. Project completion is the fall of 2020 and this river crossing will be one lane in each direction for the duration of the project.

Pedestrian and cyclist traffic is currently being accommodated on the east sidewalk of the bridge. This former shared-use path has been reclassified as a sidewalk through the duration of this construction due to the narrowed travel width. This sidewalk has been signed for cyclists to dismount or continue to travel on the roadway. The project team thanks cyclists for their cooperation in dismounting and sharing this river crossing space with all modes of transportation.

Additionally, the City project team has devised an optimum strategy for enhanced snow removal on the river bridge during the winter seasons.

The project team, in collaboration with industry experts, evaluated the length of construction if the bridge is closed entirely, however it was determined that given the scope of work required, the overall construction duration would not be substantially shortened by this option. Maintaining one lane in each direction is a balance between construction duration and river crossing access to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area.

Project Update - September 7, 2018

The project team, in collaboration with industry experts, evaluated the length of construction if the bridge is closed entirely, however it was determined that given the scope of work required, the overall construction duration would not be substantially shortened by this option. Maintaining one lane in each direction is a balance between construction duration and river crossing access to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area.

In order to complete rehabilitation on the Groat Road over Victoria Park Road Bridge, traffic on Groat Road northbound must be reduced to a single lane to provide work space for the Contractor. The project team installed a new temporary signal light at the intersection of Groat Road northbound and River Valley westbound to regulate the merging traffic north of the intersection. It is expected that construction on the Groat Road over Victoria Park Road Bridge will be completed by the end of October 2018, at which time the temporary signal at the north end of the bridge, which is causing congestion later in the afternoon, will then be deactivated to resume the free flow of traffic on Groat Road northbound lanes.

All work done to date on the Groat Road river crossing was to move traffic to the east side of the bridge giving the Contractor the west half to work on. A Gantry crane is being installed that will begin removing the existing deck and girders starting in November, once this demolition of the west half is complete new girders will be installed starting in February 2019 which will be followed by pouring of a new deck starting in May 2019. When the west half is complete traffic will be placed on the new side and the entire process will be repeated on the east half of the bridge. Project completion is fall of 2020 and this bridge river crossing will be one lane in each direction for the duration of the project.

Pedestrian and cyclist traffic is currently being accommodated on the east sidewalk of the river bridge. This former shared-use path has been reclassified as a sidewalk through the duration of this construction due to the narrowed travel width. This sidewalk has been signed for cyclists to dismount or continue to travel on the roadway. The project team thanks cyclists for their cooperation in dismounting and sharing this river crossing space with all modes of transportation.

Additionally, the City project team is proactively working with the Contractor to devise an optimum strategy for enhanced snow removal on the river bridge during the winter seasons.

Traffic Pattern Changes Starting May 6, 2018

Construction on Groat Road Bridges and Road Renewal began April 23, 2018. Work is expected to continue until the fall of 2020.

Starting Sunday May 6, at 7am, the first major traffic shift will take effect to accommodate preparation work for the next phase of construction. The following traffic pattern changes will be in effect:

Traffic Shift on the Groat Road over North Saskatchewan Bridge
Vehicular traffic on the Groat Road Bridge will be shifted to the west half of the bridge. This means both northbound and southbound traffic will run on the west half of the bridge. The crossover points will be located at the north and south ends of the bridge. Please note that the available lane width on the bridge will be 3.2m.

Single Lane Closures on the Victoria Park Road Overpass
Traffic on the Victoria Park Overpass will be down to a single lane in each direction to accommodate the bridge deck rehabilitation work.

New Traffic Signal Light at Groat Road Northbound and River Valley Road West
A new traffic signal light will be operational at the above location to control the flow of traffic on River Valley westbound and Groat Road northbound. Motorists should expect additional delays during peak hours.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic
Pedestrian and cyclist traffic will be temporarily moved to the closed northbound traffic lane to allow for the completion of the detour preparation work.

General:
In accordance with the City’s commitment to public safety, the project team will continually review signal timing, turning and merging movements adjacent to the construction zone. Modifications to signal operations and merging ramps will be made as required throughout the duration of construction.

The City will use electronic signs and roadside construction information signs to inform commuters about traffic pattern changes during the various phases of construction, in addition to communicating with the public through the project website, traffic updates and other channels as required. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and follow traffic control devices to safely navigate through the construction zone.

The City of Edmonton thanks commuters for their patience.

Public Information Session - March 2018

The City held a public information session to share project details, and get public feedback. The areas covered included the scope of work, schedule, impacts to the connecting roads and pedestrian access.

Meeting Materials

Display Boards (18MB)

Fact Sheet

Project Update - January 2018

Utility relocations will continue early in 2018. Drivers can expect periodic lane closures and are advised to drive with caution as there will be speed reductions in place. A contractor will be in place in early 2018.

Project Update - November 2017

Utility relocations will continue until 2018. Drivers can expect periodic lane closures and are advised to drive with caution as there will be speed reductions in place. Detailed design is completed and the project is now out to tender. A contractor will be in place in early 2018.

Project Update - September 2017

Utility relocations began September 25 requiring nightly lane closures and the closure of the sidewalk for use as a work zone.

Project Update - August 2017

Utility relocations on the river bridge began in September and continues until February 2018. Drivers can expect intermittent off-peak traffic impacts.

Project Update - May 2017

Pre-construction work along River Valley Road is now completed. Regular traffic flow is back in place.

Public Information Session - November 2016

The City held a public information session to share project details, and get public feedback. The areas covered included the scope of work, schedule, impacts to the connecting roads and pedestrian access.

What We Heard

Meeting Materials

Display Boards

For More Information

Jim Murray

Telephone

780-944-7667

Email Jim.Murray@edmonton.ca

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