Bow River Bridge
Cochrane's new bridge across the Bow River located near the SLS Family Recreation Center starts construction in August 2018. The new bridge and the arterial road connections will also include on-street bike lanes and a separated, parallel 3 metre-wide multi-use pathway that connects with Cochrane’s existing pathway system. See the video rendering here.
The map below shows the general location of the new bridge and alignment of the proposed James Walker Trail corridor (alignment will be finalized as part of the ongoing detailed design).
Find out about opportunities for public input into the bridge name and some of the aesthetic aspects: LetsTalkCochrane.ca/Bridge.
Starting August 7, 2018, a portion of the north end of Jim Uffelmann Memorial Park across from SLS Family Sports Centre will be closed to facilitate construction and connection to Griffin Road. Pathway users can use the paved detour around the construction site. There will likely be short disruptions while work is underway. Map of detour and closed area.
The new Bow River bridge is being designed as a three-span bridge with a single pier in the river, and the second pier adjacent to the river. The outer spans will be about 51m (165 ft) each with the central span being about 58m (190 ft). The piers have been designed with two columns to improve visibility for users beneath the bridge and the overall bridge aesthetics. A conceptual rendering of the bridge at its actual location and design elevation is shown below.
In response to a number of questions from residents regarding the facilities planned for the bridge over the Bow River, the Town has created a conceptual illustration of the bridge design.
In addition to two traffic lanes, the bridge will include on-street bike lanes and a separated, 3 metre-wide multi-use pathway. A large lookout area above the eastern pier will be constructed for those who want to stop and enjoy the view of the river.
Once construction of the bridge is complete, the beach and riverside multi-use pathway will be re-established and opened to the public.