PCL wins $48M contract for Calgary bridge

Monday, January 11, 2021

PCL Construction has won the $48 million contract to replace the eastbound bridge over the Bow River on southeast Stoney Trail in Calgary.

The total project cost, which includes engineering and utility relocations, is estimated at $60 million – significantly less than the anticipated cost of $70 million.

“With the next step in this strategic project complete, we are creating hundreds of jobs to drive Alberta’s recovery and saving taxpayer dollars at a time of fiscal restraint. Calgarians can look forward to safer and faster rides on an even more complete Calgary Ring Road,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation.

Stoney Trail is a major trade corridor for the movement of people in Calgary, and goods throughout southern Alberta. About 53,000 vehicles use the existing South Bow River Bridge daily.

The project includes:

  • Widening the existing westbound bridge to add a fourth lane.
  • Replacing the existing eastbound Stoney Trail bridge with a new, wider bridge over the Bow River.
  • A new pedestrian bridge south of the existing bridge that will connect to the existing pathway networks.
  • Improvements to interchanges between Sun Valley Boulevard/Chaparral Boulevard and Cranston Boulevard /Mckenzie Lake Boulevard.

“PCL is excited to work with Alberta Transportation on this component of the Stoney Trail Calgary Ring Road, a key project to connect Calgarians. Once complete, this segment will be safer for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians,” said Ankur Talwar, manager, civil operations, PCL Calgary.

The South Bow River Bridge project also includes widening the westbound bridge and building a new, stand-alone pedestrian bridge.

Designed to improve congestion and improve traffic flow, the South Bow River Bridge project is part of the more than $10 billion in infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Construction on the new bridge is anticipated to get underway in spring 2021 and be completed in late 2023.

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