It's been 18 months since the June 2013 flood destroyed several bridges along the Elbow River, but this Sunday, the Sandy Beach pedestrian bridge will finally re-open.
Calgarians are invited to be part of the opening celebration this Sunday, November 23 at noon. If you plan to attend the event this weekend, the City of Calgary is asking that you use the west side entrance to Sandy Beach Park (50 Avenue and 14 Street SW).
In addition to being replaced in record time, the bridges have been built to today’s engineering standards, which are much more stringent than when the original bridges were built (Rideau Park Bridge was the oldest being built in 1934). “Higher engineering standards, combined with flood resistant design features, will help with the bridges’ ability to not only withstand any future floods but, in general, last a long time,“ says project manager Charmaine Buhler. The new bridges have been built to have a 100-year life span.
The other two pedestrian bridges on the Elbow River that were destroyed in the flood will re-open later this year: Rideau Roxboro Bridge on November 28 and Riverdale Avenue Bridge soon after. The landscaping for all three bridges will be completed during the spring/summer of 2015.
Time-lapse videos of the progress of the bridge development is visible on the City of Calgary website here.