The new bridge across the Bow River located near the SLS Family Recreation Center is currently under detailed design. Construction is expected to start by the end of summer 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.
There will be opportunities for public input into the bridge name and some of the aesthetic aspects of the bridge in spring 2018.
This map shows the general location of the new bridge and a conceptual alignment of the proposed James Walker Trail corridor. The alignment will be finalized as part of the ongoing detailed design.
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.