June 7, 2023
Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, Strathcona County Acting Mayor Corey-Ann Hartwick, River Valley Alliance Executive Director Kristine Archibald, and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4 President Alfred L’Hirondelle officially marked the start of construction on the Edmonton-Strathcona County Footbridge with a sod turning event today.
“To build a vibrant, healthy city, we need to ensure all residents have access to open spaces and recreational opportunities,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “We are pleased to partner with Strathcona County and the River Valley Alliance on this exciting project. The Edmonton-Strathcona County Footbridge will link two communities, and create even more opportunities for citizens to get outside, be active and enjoy our beautiful river valley.”
When complete, the footbridge will connect 167 Avenue (on the west/Edmonton side of the river) to Township Road 540 (on the east/Strathcona County side of the river). The design includes open spaces and improved trail connections on each side of the North Saskatchewan River. The design took into account feedback gathered from public engagements and from engagements with 31 Indigenous Nations and communities.
“The footbridge will be a favourite landmark for future generations, offering a close connection to nature and a glimpse into the valley’s history,” said Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank. “It will provide a safe and convenient pathway, linking communities and promoting a healthier, more sustainable future.”
“This new pedestrian bridge is an imperative connection toward the River Valley Alliance’s goal of creating the longest river valley pedestrian trail in North America,” said Kristine Archibald, Executive Director, River Valley Alliance. “The trail, recently named Amisk Wacîw Mêskanaw (Beaver Hill Road) in nêhiyawêwin (the Cree language), acts as a unifier by encouraging active transportation, while creating opportunities for place-based information sharing that encourages residents and visitors to reflect upon history, culture and the surrounding environment. Our partnerships with all levels of government are key to realizing this infrastructure that will become a lasting legacy for Albertans.”
The $38.6 million pedestrian footbridge is funded by the River Valley Alliance (50 per cent funding), with the City of Edmonton and Strathcona County investing the remaining costs evenly.
Construction is expected to finish in 2025.