Recent inspection prompts Calgary to abruptly close pedestrian bridge

CALGARY — Officials have abruptly closed a pedestrian bridge that connects an island park in Calgary with the city’s downtown after getting the results of a recent inspection.

A news release from the city says the Jaipur Bridge, which is one of four connections over the Bow River to Prince’s Island Park, has “accelerated deterioration” from water and salt.

Jaipur Bridge was built in 1968 and was only intended to last 50 years, so its closure was already planned for August 2020 and a replacement was scheduled to be built in 2021.

The city says a third-party engineering consultant will inspect the bridge next week to decide if there’s anything that can be done to extend its life until August.

The city says the bridge has been inspected annually since 2012 due to its progressive deterioration and two inspections were done in February in addition to one this month.

Prince’s Island Park hosts many large events throughout the year including the Canada Day celebration and Calgary Folk Festival.

“Based on the latest inspection, carried out this month, there are concerns regarding the structural integrity of the bridge,” a news release from the city said Saturday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, City structural engineers recommended the immediate closure of the bridge ahead of the third-party inspection next week.”

The bridge is named for Jaipur, India, which is one of Calgary’s sister cities.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for all Canadian workers

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Sylvan Lake waiting for better days

COVID-19 has put the tourism season on hold for Sylvan Lake, but… Continue reading

Wetaskiwin RCMP charge impaired driver after he rams into police car

The suspect vehicle purposefully crashed into a parked police vehicle, pushing it into the ditch.

‘It’s awful’: Calgary homeless sleeping outdoors over fears of catching COVID-19

CALGARY — Gordon Kelter has something to fear more than not having… Continue reading

VIDEO: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

44% fewer passengers flew on Canadian airlines in March 2020 than in 2019

COVID-19 pandemic has hit airlines hard as travel remains low

David Marsden: Jason Kenney is all hat, no cattle

There are few character failings more unappealing than those of people who… Continue reading

Global warming critics find themselves under attack

Re: “Tropical storms offer glimpse of our evolving environment,” Gwynne Dyer, Opinion,… Continue reading

Scheer has quickly made a hash of Harper’s legacy

By the time Andrew Scheer hands over the Conservative party to a… Continue reading

Bayern, Dortmund warm up for quietest ever Bundesliga duel

BERLIN — Canada’s Alphonso Davies rose to the occasion on Saturday as… Continue reading

Ace Canadian esports driver Brooks tearing up the track online during COVID-19

TORONTO — Andrew Brooks could write a travelogue that would make a… Continue reading

Canadian Screen Awards to reveal winners tonight through Thursday

TORONTO — The Canadian Screen Awards will reveal this year’s winners in… Continue reading

Most Read