Higher and wider 9th Avenue S.E. bridge design unveiled

The city has unveiled the winning design for the replacement of the Ninth Avenue S.E. bridge that connects Inglewood to downtown.

It’s going with an arch design for the $23-million crossing over the Elbow River. It will replace the current steel girder span, which is more than 100 years old.

Construction on the new four-lane bridge is set to begin later this year.

Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra said that while he thinks the new design is beautiful, he worries the right factors weren’t taken into consideration.

“There was a big debate in the community of Inglewood over whether replacing a three-lane bridge with a four-lane bridge made sense,” Carra said.

“We appreciate the cars coming through our community every day bringing customers, but we’re also not interested in speeding that traffic up.”

Bridge designed for future needs

He said it was important that the bridge be able to accommodate future growth as it’s meant to be a 100-year structure.

But he isn’t sure city planners have figured out how a four-lane bridge will connect with the three lanes of a re-designed Ninth Avenue S.E. in Inglewood.

Another artist rendering of the proposed new Ninth Avenue Bridge, as seen from the bike path that skirts Fort Calgary. (City of Calgary)

“I told them I think you’ve got it wrong,” said Carra. “I think I’m going to get a lot of angry calls to my office and I’m going to frankly agree with those angry calls.”

Three designs for a new bridge were considered. Besides the arch, the city considered a truss and a shallow frame span.

Key to the choice of a replacement was that it be wider and be built above the floodway.

Access to be maintained during construction

The city will install a temporary two-lane bridge just south of the current span to keep traffic flowing to and from Inglewood.

Once the temporary bridge is in place, the current span will be removed and the new one will be built on the same alignment.

The Ninth Avenue bridge connecting Inglewood to downtown Calgary is more than 100 years old needs replacing. (Stephanie Wiebe/CBC)

The new Ninth Avenue bridge is expected to be open in the fall of 2020 or in early 2021.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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