The Wellington Bridge, located on 102 Avenue between Churchill Crescent and Wellington Crescent, will be replaced.
Project Update - May 2022
The preliminary design of the Wellington Bridge Replacement has been completed. A concrete arch bridge was the recommended bridge style for this location.
The Detailed Design Phase is anticipated to begin in 2024. The detailed design will be finalized and tendered towards the end of the Valley Line West LRT construction.
Construction of the Wellington Bridge is anticipated to start between 2025 and 2028 and will take approximately two years to complete. Construction will start after the Valley Line West is completed to reduce impacts to adjacent businesses and residents.
Wellington Bridge Preliminary Design Concrete Arch Bridge – to be refined during detailed design
The proposed bridge will be wider than the current bridge to accommodate a 4.2 m wide shared-use path (SUP) on the north side, a 2.8 m wide sidewalk on the south side, wider driving lanes and shoulders to meet City of Edmonton Construction and Design Standards.
The SUP on the bridge will line up with the SUP on 102 Avenue. This will reduce the number of cyclists on the road and user conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians.
Detailed design will commence in October 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2022. The project will then be put on hold until construction of the Valley Line West LRT is completed.
Construction of the Wellington Bridge is anticipated to start between 2025 and 2028 and will take approximately two years to complete.
The Wellington Bridge, located on 102 Avenue between Churchill Crescent and Wellington Crescent, has been slated for replacement as it is reaching the end of its service life. Construction will be completed in coordination with Valley Line West LRT construction on Stony Plain Road. Construction is anticipated to start between 2025 and 2028.
About the Bridge
The Wellington Bridge was originally constructed in 1932 and serves as an arterial roadway with four lanes of traffic (two lanes in each direction), and a sidewalk on each side of the bridge. It is a major link between Edmonton’s city centre and communities to the west. The bridge crosses Ramsey Ravine which features a shared pathway connecting the community of Glenora to the river valley. The bridge is also part of West Central Bike Routes’ 102 Avenue shared-use pathway (SUP).
As the bridge is listed in the Register of Historic Resources in Edmonton and Alberta Historic Resources Management Branch, the project team will consider incorporating 2 of its existing historic features, the concrete railings and concrete arches, into the bridge design to be reused on the new bridge, or reinterpreted in the new design.
Geotechnical drilling will occur at both ends of the bridge and on the trail below the bridge in September/October 2020. This drilling will provide information required for the design of the bridge foundations.
The trail will be temporarily closed for the geotechnical drilling. Signage will be posted on the trail.