EDMONTON – December 19, 2016 – TransEd, with its contractor American Bridge, began removal of the Cloverdale Footbridge today, with the first ‘lift’ of a section of the bridge.
The bridge will be removed in nine lifts and will take several days to complete and is dependent on weather. As each section is lifted, it will be placed in a designated area, to be disassembled and disposed of properly.
“This activity is key to the construction of the Valley Line LRT,” said TransEd Project Director Larry Melton. “We have spent the past months planning and preparing for this, which enables the start of construction on the new Tawatinâ Bridge.”
In preparation for both the Footbridge’s removal and the construction of Tawatinâ Bridge, two berms were constructed in the North Saskatchewan River. The berms hold the 300-ton cranes that will first remove the Footbridge, and then second, construct the new bridge.
“We know that some Edmontonians are sad to see the removal of the Cloverdale Footbridge, but we want to assure them that the new Tawatinâ Bridge will provide the same connectivity between downtown and the river valley, through the multi-use path that runs under the rail deck,” commented Mr. Melton.
As each section is lifted, it is placed in the construction area, on a tarped space to prevent soil contamination. Visco Demolition Contractors Ltd. are responsible for receiving the demolished sections and will process all non-painted steel. Alta Steel Mills will process all painted steel, and will then recycle all metal components. Both Visco Demolition and Alta Steel are Edmonton-based companies.
“Our commitment is that 90% of waste is diverted from landfills and recycled,” said Mr. Melton. “TransEd is committed to protecting the environment and reducing the impact of construction as much as possible.”
Work on the bridge and surrounding area in the River Valley will take place up to seven days/week, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.
TransEd reminds the public that this is challenging work, so it is important to stay a safe distance from the construction site.
“For your own safety, please obey all signs and the directions of construction personnel,” said Mr. Melton.
The Tawatinâ Bridge will be completed in 2019, and Valley Line LRT services begins in December, 2020. For more information about the Valley Line LRT, please visit www.transedlrt.ca.
TransEd Partners is composed of Bechtel, EllisDon, Bombardier, and Fengate Capital Management Ltd., together with the added expertise of Arup Canada, IBI Group, and Associated Engineering — each world leading experts in design, engineering, construction, transportation solutions, project management and finance.
In a public-private partnership (P3) with the City of Edmonton, TransEd Partners is responsible to design and build stage one of the Valley Line LRT, and operate and maintain the line for 30 years.