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3 new pedestrian bridges set to open by the end of 2014

CALGARY- There is finally some good news for Calgarians who use the pathways along the Elbow River: the three pedestrian bridges wiped out in the June 2013 flood should be open by the end of the year.

On Friday, a giant crane lifted concrete panels across Sandy Beach, laying the foundation for a new bridge deck.

The city is spending $9 million to build three new bridges in Riverdale, Rideau Park and Sandy Beach, and each project is both on time and on budget.

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“We have a 300 foot crane here and guys walking on half a bridge, it’s pretty cool to watch,” says councillor Evan Woolley. “There are plenty of people on the ridge here that are very interested in seeing the work done.”

Those who live in the area are excited to get the bridges back up and running.

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“The bridges are busy all the time. Cyclists, dogs, everybody is using those bridges,” says Nicole Armstrong. “Especially the one on Sifton [Blvd.], we were just talking about how it’s important for kids getting to school. It’s just a great way for everyone to get around.”

While this week’s sudden snowfall did slow construction, the crane is still on track to head to Rideau Park next week to continue work there.

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