Where the energy of downtown Edmonton meets the vibrancy of the river valley. The preliminary design is anticipated to be complete in 2022.
Project Update - June 2022
Thank you to those who participated in our online survey in April about your preferred bridge option. Your input was taken into consideration when deciding on which of the three bridge options would move forward into Preliminary Design.
The Suspended Bridge (Option 3) was selected as the recommended concept to move forward into Preliminary Design.
The City makes decisions using a combination of policy and program information, technical requirements and public engagement input.
The preliminary design phase is anticipated to begin in summer 2022.
About the Project
A new iconic bridge will create a destination landmark in the city skyline. It will provide a safe and continuous link over McDougall Hill Road and along the edge of downtown. Positioned between MacDonald Drive and the Funicular, the latest signature bridge will provide a critical connection for pedestrians and cyclists over McDougall Hill Road. It will also create public access to some of the best views of the river valley and become a new downtown gathering space that supports year-round use and operations.
Suspended Bridge Concept Design
The Suspended Bridge uses a mast, but with a tension cable that wraps under the bridge on the south side of McDougall Hill Road. The bridge deck extends further out over the riverbank with unobstructed views north and south to create a unique sense of levitation. Please note that these are concept design images and are subject to change during the preliminary design phase
Potential Project Coordination
Prairie Sky Gondola
A potential gondola station is proposed west of the planned pedestrian bridge landing on MacDonald Drive. The proposed Prairie Sky Gondola station would land alongside the 100 Street Pedestrian Bridge and the City would ensure appropriate alignment and integration between the two projects.
Made of low-carbon timber construction, this bridge spans over McDougall Hill Road extending over the hillside. The sculptural shape of the bridge creates a large social space and lookout point over the central structural support.
The Cable Stayed Bridge is a suspension-like structure with a central mast on the north side of the road. The bridge deck is made as thin as possible and the supporting cables extend over McDougall Hill Road. The configuration of the cables provides unobstructed views to the south and a gateway experience emerging from the river valley to downtown.
The Suspended Bridge also uses a mast, but with a tension cable that wraps under the bridge on the south side of McDougall Hill Road. The bridge deck extends further out over the riverbank with unobstructed views north and south to create a unique sense of levitation.