Replicating a historic bridge in Saskatoon
Over a hundred years ago a bridge was built to connect Saskatoon and Riversdale. The Traffic Bridge crossed over the South Saskatchewan River, becoming the first vehicular bridge in what is now the City of Saskatoon. In 2010, due to safety concerns, the City closed the bridge indefinitely. The existing structure, a five-span, Parker-style, through truss bridge, is an icon of the community, and it would’ve been a shame to leave it in limbo.
As Saskatoon’s owner’s engineer, we were involved in the inspections, assessments, and planning studies—helping gather all the facts before the City made its final decision. A new replica was the result. Something that paid respect to the past—built for today. Wider. And more accommodating of modern transportation.
Working with the steering committee and stakeholders, we positioned the bridge as a complementary addition to River Landing (a riverside development with community attractions like the farmer’s market, a children’s water park, and an arts center) and the revitalization of the downtown core. The revamped Traffic Bridge will open in 2018. Though it won’t be the same structure, it’ll capture the history of its predecessor as the traffic once again hits the bridge.
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