Strathcona County, the City of Edmonton and the River Valley Alliance (RVA), are partnering up to build a footbridge that would connect the municipalities.
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.
In June 2021, a public consultation survey allowed residents to share their thoughts on the bridge. The survey’s findings and a design concept were presented during a presentation in late March.
According to the survey, 76 per cent of respondents strongly support building the footbridge, and 10 per cent are in strong opposition. Respondents said they feel the footbridge will provide a much-needed link for pedestrians and cyclists in the river valley.
Respondents had concerns about parking issues on either side of the bridge and the “urbanization” of the river valley area. Others expressed their concern for local wildlife and space to have a separation between pedestrians and cyclists.
An additional survey looking for feedback on the proposed design was conducted from Mar. 24 to Apr. 8, the results will be released in late May.
Construction is expected to begin this summer, with the footbridge completed by 2024.
The estimated price tag of the bridge is about $25 million.