Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Peace Bridge Construction Update



Construction on the final pieces of the Peace Bridge are progressing now that the structure is in place.

The steel structure was moved across the Bow River over several days in late November and lowered onto the permanent abutments in December. Now, work is underway to finalize the deck, which is a combination of cast-in-place and pre-cast concrete.

A small number of the 80+ precast concrete panels that form the pedestrian walkways on either side of the bridge were stained and had to be remade. Now that they are all in place, an enclosure has been erected so the cast-in-place concrete deck running down the centre of the bridge can be poured. A controlled environment is necessary to allow the concrete to set and cure properly.

Once the decking is finished, installation of the handrails will be completed. Crews still need to complete end caps to finish off either end of the structure and tie in the pathway systems. Most of the electrical work is done and passersby will have noticed that lighting on the bridge’s underside was illuminated in late December and early January.

The temporary bridge used to inch the structure across the river will also be removed in the next several weeks.

The 126-metre single span bridge stretches across the Bow River just west of Prince’s Island Park. It has a 6.2 metre-wide pathway to provide a clear separation between pedestrians and bicycle/wheel traffic.

For more information about the Peace Bridge and to see videos of the bridge moving across the Bow River and learn how the bridge was made, please visit www.calgary.ca/ti or call 3-1-1.

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