On January 25, 2020, the first cable stays were successfully installed on the Tawatinâ bridge.
The installation marks a key milestone in the Valley Line LRT project, as the cable stays stabilize the construction allowing it to proceed across the North Saskatchewan River.
The Tawatinâ Bridge is an extradosed cable-stay bridge, meaning the cables “fan out” from the tower instead of connecting vertically over the bridge like a traditional suspension bridge. This, in turn, allows for a shorter bridge tower, harmonizing the bridge’s aesthetics with the natural setting of the river valley. When the bridge is complete, the deck will span 260m long.
The name “Tawatinâ” (pron: da-wa-din-ow) comes from a Cree word that means “valley.”
The sections of the bridge deck will be poured in 5 M increments.
The bridge deck is expected to be complete in fall of 2020. Once the deck is complete, construction can begin on the pedestrian bridge underneath.
The pedestrian walkway will be 8 meters wide with wood planks on the edges and an asphalt path down the center.
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