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A new bridge will be designed and constructed to replace this pedestrian crossing over Whitemud Creek. The tentative opening is planned in 2022.

Project Update - March 2021

Stakeholder and public engagement has been ongoing since the start of this project. Identified external stakeholders, such as community leagues, recreation groups and environmental groups, were sent a letter introducing the project.

This letter also invited stakeholders to a one-on-one virtual meeting with the project team to capture information regarding the bridge experience, local knowledge about the site, preferred bridge experience, and comments about the environment as per the requirements of the River Valley Bylaw 7188.

An online public survey captured additional information on the same topics.

What We Heard

Findings from the public survey have been compiled in a What We Heard Report. The key themes about the bridge and site were:

  • Keep the bridge in the same location

  • The bridge must fit into the site (size, location, aesthetics), complement the natural site, and be a similar width

  • The historic character of the bridge is important

  • Construction impacts to the natural environment must be minimized

  • Connections to adjacent neighbourhoods are important

  • Year round access to the creek is important (including kayaking, canoeing)

  • Some additional amenities, such as interpretive signage and seating, were identified as desirable

  • Many wildlife sightings occur around the bridge and include a variety of species including but not limited to: squirrels, beaver, deer, muskrat, moose, rabbits, and numerous birds

  • Photography, for weddings, family gatherings and graduations, was identified as the most frequently seen activity on the bridge

What Happens Next?

All comments will be considered in the preliminary design of the Smith Crossing Bridge replacement. A preliminary design of the bridge and site will be presented to the public in late spring 2021.

A What We Did response to What We Heard comments from this survey will be provided.

About the Project

The Smith Crossing Pedestrian Bridge, located along 23 Avenue, provides access to the MacTaggart and Larch Sanctuaries within the river valley system. The existing bridge was built in the early 1900s and has reached the end of its service life.

A new bridge will be designed and constructed to replace this pedestrian crossing over the Whitemud Creek. The new bridge will be near the existing bridge location to reduce environmental impacts and to retain the trail connections.

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Project Timeline

2022

Winter

  • The pedestrian connection and adjacent parking lot will be closed during construction

Spring

The bridge is expected to be open for pedestrians

2021

The preliminary design work is anticipated to be complete in spring 2021

Summer

  • Detailed design

Once a contactor is secured for the build phase, we will provide notice in advance when construction is anticipated to start and end

Fall

The pedestrian connection and adjacent parking lot will be closed during construction

For More Information

Ahsan Karim

Title Project Manager
Email smithcrossing@edmonton.ca

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