Design flaw delays opening of Shaganappi pedestrian bridge
CALGARY – A recently discovered design flaw will delay the opening of the $5.9 million Shaganappi Trail pedestrian bridge.
The City of Calgary had planned to close Shaganappi Trail from January 16th – 18th to move the steel structure into place, but had to cancel their installation because the 58 metre long steel structure doesn’t fit on the pillars meant to support it.
“We don’t know exactly what caused the issue… obviously a design flaw,” said spokesperson for the City of Calgary’s transportation department Sean Somers. “We have to go back to find out what went wrong, why it went wrong and ensure this doesn’t happen again going forward.”
The bridge was originally slated to open in the summer of 2014, but the project was delayed at that time by steel fabrication in eastern Canada.
The bridge will cross Shaganappi Trail between Crowchild Trail and Dalhousie Drive, connecting the communities of Dalhousie and Brentwood.
The city says it won’t pay for any additional costs as a result of the delay while the span’s architects and builders have declined comment. However, they still believe the bridge will open at some point this spring.