May 5, 2014 8:10 am

Walterdale Hill closure starts Monday for bridge construction

Walterdale Bridge construction, May 2, 2014

Vinesh Pratap, Global News

EDMONTON – Beginning Monday, Edmonton’s Walterdale Hill will be closed until August. Drivers should also expect delays on 109 Street and Saskatchewan Drive during that time.

Crews will be working on the $155 million bridge replacement project.

The City says Walterdale Hill Road from Saskatchewan Drive to Queen Elizabeth Park Road will be totally closed from Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. until Monday, Aug. 4, for road re-alignment. The project team will also build concrete blocks needed to support the bridge arches.

In order to avoid major delays, motorists are being asked to detour using Queen Elizabeth Park Road, Groat Road or Scona Road.

“We realize this will have a major impact on downtown commuters, however it is a necessary part of building the new Walterdale Bridge,” said Roads Design and Construction Special Projects Director Byron Nicholson.

“We’re asking everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to replace essential transportation infrastructure.”

The existing Walterdale Bridge will stay open throughout construction.

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Edmonton Transit Routes 9 and 197 will detour via Saskatchewan Drive and Queen Elizabeth Park Road. A temporary bus stop has been added at the bottom of Queen Elizabeth Park Road. More information on transit impacts is available at

Multi-use trails affected by construction remain closed. New trail detours will be in effect to accommodate work on Walterdale Hill Road. Detour information is available here.

The new three-lane arched bridge is scheduled to open in late 2015.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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