Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Info session: Spring flood preparedness and Elbow River bridge design

Flood preparedness and rebuilding efforts are on the agenda at an information session in southwest Calgary March 11.

At this information session, Calgarians can learn more about what steps are being taken and what they can do to better prepare for spring and the potential for high water flows.

The City and Province are investigating a number of mitigation options to ensure communities are better able to address and deal with potential flooding in the future. Mitigation measures include both short- and long-term projects to help protect against future floods, reduce negative downstream impacts, and bring together projects at the regional and local levels.

Drop-in information session
Tues., March 11, 5-7:30 p.m.
Christ Church, 3602 8 St. SW

Staff from the Government of Alberta and various City departments will be in attendance, including:
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Development & Building Approvals
  • Flood Recovery Operations
  • Water Services
  • Finance & Supply
  • Assessment
  • Calgary Emergency Management Agency
  • The City’s Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation

This drop-in session is also an opportunity to learn about and offer input into the replacement of three pedestrian bridges along the Elbow River. The Transportation Infrastructure (TI) project team replacing the bridges will be available for open dialogue, to share bridge design concepts, and to get your input on design preferences like railings, cross bracing and tower colour.

“Everyone associated with this project has been working hard to get these bridges replaced as soon as possible,” says project manager Charmaine Buhler. “A suspension-style bridge design concept was selected to replace the bridges, based on its fit with our design criteria, and on feedback from the community.”

Bridge project information and a design preferences survey will be available online until March 24. Bridge construction should start this spring and the bridges should open by December 2014.

Visit our flood recovery website for more info on emergency preparedness and recovery projects.

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