About the Project
The City has completed the rehabilitation of the Rainbow Valley access bridge over Whitemud Creek, under Whitemud Drive. The maintenance and rehabilitation work repaired the damaged components to ensure the bridge is in a safe, functional condition for many more years.
Bridge Description and Rehabilitation
The Rainbow Valley Access Bridge was constructed in 1971 and consists of a three-span box-girder superstructure. It is located within Rainbow Valley along Rainbow Valley Road and provides access to Snow Valley Ski Club and the Rainbow Valley Campground. The bridge carries approximately 750 vehicles per day and provides an important link to some of the City’s most well-known outdoor features.
Construction occurred in two stages to allow continued local traffic access. Each stage involved closing half the bridge for construction while the other half maintained one lane of bi-directional traffic controlled with temporary signals. Pedestrians and cyclists were accommodated on the bridge during construction.
- The bridge surfacing was removed and replaced with a concrete overlay
- New bridge barriers and deck joints were added
- Deteriorated concrete was repaired
- Bridge headslopes were re-graded and the erosion wash-out repaired
- Creek bank erosion control protection consisted of vegetated rip-rap that was added
- Roadway geometry and trail connections were improved
- New curb and gutter for improved drainage were added
For pedestrians and cyclists:
- Narrow sidewalks were replaced with a 3.6 m shared use path on the south side of the bridge
- New pedestrian railing was added and a new marked pedestrian crossing installed
Public Information Session - March 2017
A public information session was held on March 16 to provide project details and information on the construction impacts and timelines.