Built in 1908 for horse and buggy and foot traffic, the 12 Street S.E. Bridge, sometimes called the Zoo Bridge, is in need of replacement.
“The original bridge was built to enable the development of St. George’s and St. Patrick’s Island. The 12 Street S.E. bridge has provided Calgarians with excellent value over the last 100 years,” says Katherine Hikita, project manager for the 12 Street S.E. Bridge Replacement Project.
However, the march of time, floods and our changing needs have taken their toll. “The bridge has undergone a number of rehabilitations in order to keep traffic flowing. Analysis indicates it no longer makes sense to try and keep it up. The bridge needs to be replaced primarily because of its physical condition, while replacement also creates a lot of opportunities for improvement. The bridge is now an important link in the transportation network and not just a bridge to an island,” says Hikita.
The results of the first steps in the process to replace the bridge will be presented at an informal drop-in style information session on May 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Inglewood Community Association Hall, 1740-24 Avenue S.E. Participants can review the poster boards outlining the progress made so far and fill out a survey on how they use the bridge. More information and the survey are available online at www.calgary.ca/12stbridge. The survey is open online until June 5.
Bridge construction will begin in 2016.