Monday, May 6, 2013

Winter is over, Construction is restarting!

It has been a good winter; got some cold, got some snow and got a break. But now the freezing season is over which means that the City of Calgary - and East Village in particular - is moving forward to the Construction Season. And it is moving fast!


Conceptual photo of the Elbow River Traverse; pedestrian bridge
Barely dry of snow, the west bank at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow Rivers is already buzzing with activity; the Elbow River Traverse - the new pedestrian bridge connecting East Village and Inglewood - is officially under way!
Construction on the west bank of the Elbow River, by the Fort

Where the bridge will be located on
East Village side, by Fort Calgary
Where the bridge will be located on
Inglewood side, by the Deane House

There was much discussion as to whether an older bridge should be used, where the ideal location would be and whether the bridge should even be constructed. Here are the answers according to Neil MacKimmie, Senior Development Manager at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation: The bridge will be a brand new creation and not a re-purposed older bridge; the reason behind this decision is that bridges are usually built with very specific location and use in mind, which makes them less-than-optimal for any other goals. 

The "marked" trees will be cut down
The bridge will connect the two communities just off the junction of the Elbow and Bow Rivers, limiting the effect on nature to two trees that will have to be cut down. Mr. MacKimmie and CMLC are expecting the Elbow River Traverse to be opened in the Summer of 2014.

Construction site of Fort Calgary
But the Elbow River Traverse is merely one of the ways construction season is manifesting itself; recommencing the redevelopment of Fort Calgary is another way.


Fresh tracks



Construction site has been cleaned after winter
Back in October, EvFreePress had done an extensive article about the Expansion and Restoration of Fort Calgary. 
Current construction is of the new, additional entrance to the Fort, located on the SW corner of the land. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for 2015.

A view of the single, new bridge of St. Patrick's Island
Last but not least, and although it has been discussed here quite recently, we thought to make sure everyone is aware of the great development in the rejuvenation of St. Patrick's Island - more importantly, the island's bridge. We all know that the "rock-skipping-over-water" bridge is on time and on budget; what some might have missed is the removal of the century-old bridge from the premises. That's right; the old, rugged and familiar bridge, which has been in use since the early 1900's, is no more. But fear not as the new bridge should be opened for public in the fall of 2013 - only a season away!


Empty land where a bridge used to be
Empty land where a bridge used to be

Clear view of the new empty section on the south side of the
Bow River; the old St. Patrick's Island Bridge is no more



EvFreePress; the Bridges of East Village

EvFreePress; Expansion and Restoration of Fort Calgary

CMLC; the Elbow River Traverse

CMLC; St. Patrick's Bridge




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