The Edmonton/Strathcona County Footbridge officially has the green light.  

Strathcona County, Edmonton and the River Valley Alliance (RVA) have finalized funding for the project, which is scheduled to begin construction in late summer/early fall. 

The bridge will cross the North Saskatchewan River between Township Road 540 in Strathcona County and 167 Avenue in Edmonton, connecting about 75 km of trail. The Edmonton-Strathcona County Pedestrian Footbridge is a collaborative project that came from a document the RVA created in 2007. 

“This footbridge is a value-added partnership between both municipalities and the River Valley Alliance that will be enjoyed by generations to come,” said Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank. "We are pleased to see the vision come to life.” 

The RVA will cover half of the $41.1-million needed for the footbridge’s planning, design, and construction. Edmonton and Strathcona County will split the remaining 50 per cent of the costs evenly. 

A survey conducted last summer found that residents overwhelmingly support building a footbridge in the area. According to the survey, 76 per cent of respondents strongly support building the footbridge. Respondents said they feel the footbridge will provide a much-needed link for pedestrians and cyclists in the river valley. 

An additional survey looking for feedback on the proposed design took place between Mar. 24 to Apr. 8, the results will be released in late May.