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Press kit - Press release - The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG

The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people

Edmonton, Canada

DIALOG

Edmonton, Canada, 2019-05-23 -

The new Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada creates a striking new entrance into the downtown and a unique gathering place in the heart of North America’s largest urban parkland. 


The bridge is a gracious, single span, twin through-arch steel structure, spanning 206 m (greater than the length of two football fields) from bank to bank across the North Saskatchewan River in the heart of Edmonton. It carries three lanes of northbound vehicle traffic, a sidewalk to the west of the roadway and a separated footbridge or shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists to the east. The project also included the realignment of two major roadways to connect to the new river bridge alignment. The result is a signature structure that blends with its natural setting and creates a landmark gateway to the city’s downtown. 


The new bridge creates a public space on the river at a pivotal location where the duality of the city and nature are experienced and celebrated. The approaches to the bridge on the north and south banks reinforce the signature quality of the bridge through evocative landform and planting. Though it is a bridge for both cars and pedestrians, the experience of each mode is separate and enjoyable in its own way. 


The curved shared use path on the downstream, more pastoral, side of the bridge arcs away from traffic, where pedestrians and cyclists feel closer to nature. The path narrows at its middle and widens as it gets closer to both river banks. The entrances to the shared use path include a wooden boardwalk adding warmth and connection to its river valley setting. Along the west side of the shared use path, a continuous high-back bench softens the prevailing winds and noise from traffic. The pedestrian experience is welcoming and enjoyable. There are places on the bridge and banks to linger and watch the river go by.


For cars, the approach to the bridge is dramatic. As cars approach, there is a wonderful procession down the hill through the river valley’s forest, then a dramatic reveal of the iconic bridge and Edmonton’s downtown skyline. The arches announce that you’re going somewhere special. They draw you in and frame views of the river valley and the downtown.
The bridge is designed to last for at least 100 years and was the most complex infrastructure project ever completed in Edmonton. Not only is it an incredible feat of engineering to design, but the construction process was also challenging as well, requiring close collaboration between designers, builders, and the City of Edmonton. 


This is so much more than a transportation project. Seamless integration between engineering, architecture and the public realm is considered at all levels of scale, from the overall global level of the structure and roads down to the pedestrian experience. The people of Edmonton have embraced it as a destination gathering place, a highlight in their daily commute, and a backdrop for meaningful moments like engagements and wedding photos. It has quickly become a signature part of Edmonton’s identity and will continue to define the city for decades to come. 


Project Team

City of Edmonton: Client
DIALOG: Bridge design and structural engineering team leader, architecture, landscape architecture and electrical design

ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.: Prime consultant, project management, roadway design

COWI North America Ltd.: Bridge design sub-consultant

Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.: Roadway design sub-consultant

Thurber Engineering Ltd.: Geotechnical and materials testing

Spencer Environmental Services: Environmental assessment and permitting

Turtle Island Cultural Resource Management: Historical resources impact assessment and aboriginal consultation

HLB Lighting Design: Lighting design


About DIALOG

DIALOG is a multi-disciplinary design firm with studios across Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and San Francisco. The firm’s work includes designing for urban vibrancy, health and wellness, transportation, education, arts and culture, residential, retail, and commercial, as well as mixed-use solutions. DIALOG is passionate about design. They believe it can, and should, meaningfully improve the wellbeing of our communities and the environment we all share.

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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - Walterdale Bridge is a gracious, single span, twin through-arch steel structure, spanning 206 m (greater than the length of two football fields) from bank to bank across the North Saskatchewan River. It carries three lanes of northbound vehicle traffic, a sidewalk to the west of the roadway and a separated footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists to the east. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
Walterdale Bridge is a gracious, single span, twin through-arch steel structure, spanning 206 m (greater than the length of two football fields) from bank to bank across the North Saskatchewan River. It carries three lanes of northbound vehicle traffic, a sidewalk to the west of the roadway and a separated footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists to the east.
Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - Edmonton's new Walterdale Bridge connects the north and south sides of the city across the North Saskatchewan River. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
Edmonton's new Walterdale Bridge connects the north and south sides of the city across the North Saskatchewan River.
Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - The landscape architecture connects people with the bridge and nature. People no longer need to cross traffic to continue on the trails in any direction. With less than 5% grade, all paved paths are fully accessible. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
The landscape architecture connects people with the bridge and nature. People no longer need to cross traffic to continue on the trails in any direction. With less than 5% grade, all paved paths are fully accessible.
Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - At night, the edges of the iconic arches are elegantly illuminated in white. Lighting design by HLB Lighting Design. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
At night, the edges of the iconic arches are elegantly illuminated in white. Lighting design by HLB Lighting Design.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - Large thrust blocks provide a foundation for the arches, which carry the bridge load. Each thrust block is made of about 600m3&nbsp;of concrete and 44 steel micropiles installed 20m below the road elevation. That’s about as deep as a six-storey parking garage.<br> - Photo credit: David Lai
Large thrust blocks provide a foundation for the arches, which carry the bridge load. Each thrust block is made of about 600m3 of concrete and 44 steel micropiles installed 20m below the road elevation. That’s about as deep as a six-storey parking garage.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - The shared use path bridge is one of a kind. Sharing the eastern arch but separated from traffic, it is designed for people to enjoy crossing and lingering. Benches with high backs help reduce traffic noise and soften prevailing winds. At each end, the path is about twice as wide as it is in the middle, gracefully connecting with the valley.&nbsp;<br> - Photo credit: David Lai
The shared use path bridge is one of a kind. Sharing the eastern arch but separated from traffic, it is designed for people to enjoy crossing and lingering. Benches with high backs help reduce traffic noise and soften prevailing winds. At each end, the path is about twice as wide as it is in the middle, gracefully connecting with the valley. 
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - The new Walterdale Bridge announces you've arrived Downtown, framing views of the city and river valley. - Photo credit: City of Edmonton
The new Walterdale Bridge announces you've arrived Downtown, framing views of the city and river valley.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - Beyond providing a refreshed visual identity for Edmonton, Walterdale Bridge creates a prominent public space where the duality of the city and nature are experienced and celebrated at a pivotal location. Crossing the river is now enjoyable for all modes. - Photo credit: DIALOG
Beyond providing a refreshed visual identity for Edmonton, Walterdale Bridge creates a prominent public space where the duality of the city and nature are experienced and celebrated at a pivotal location. Crossing the river is now enjoyable for all modes.
Photo credit: DIALOG
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - The bridge deck, supported by 32 hangers, is a steel framework supporting a cast-in-place concrete deck covered with asphalt. It used 65 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 1600m3&nbsp;of concrete. The bridge currently carries three lanes of traffic, but is designed so that another lane can be added. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
The bridge deck, supported by 32 hangers, is a steel framework supporting a cast-in-place concrete deck covered with asphalt. It used 65 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 1600m3 of concrete. The bridge currently carries three lanes of traffic, but is designed so that another lane can be added.
Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - Each arch rib is made up of 21 steel box segments with masses of up to 125 tonnes. The shared use path bridge is made up of 25 steel segments installed in 11 sections. It is supported by 14 hangers that connect to the east arch of the main bridge and delta piers at each end. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
Each arch rib is made up of 21 steel box segments with masses of up to 125 tonnes. The shared use path bridge is made up of 25 steel segments installed in 11 sections. It is supported by 14 hangers that connect to the east arch of the main bridge and delta piers at each end.
Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - Photographers have been flocking to the bridge since before it was open. The easily recognizable arches and sweeping footbridge guide the eye towards the city and nature. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
Photographers have been flocking to the bridge since before it was open. The easily recognizable arches and sweeping footbridge guide the eye towards the city and nature.
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Press kit | 2073-08 - Press release | The iconic new Walterdale Bridge connects the city, nature, and people - DIALOG - Institutional Architecture - The underside of the bridge was an important consideration in the design. The experience of walking or boating under the bridge is enjoyable and memorable. - Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
The underside of the bridge was an important consideration in the design. The experience of walking or boating under the bridge is enjoyable and memorable.
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