Investigators review why girders buckled in Edmonton bridge construction

EDMONTON — It’s become Edmonton’s bridge of sighs. A $32-million project to replace a key bridge in the Alberta capital could be delayed up to one year after four 40-tonne steel girders mysteriously buckled.

EDMONTON — It’s become Edmonton’s bridge of sighs.

A $32-million project to replace a key bridge in the Alberta capital could be delayed up to one year after four 40-tonne steel girders mysteriously buckled.

The safety hazard posed by the twisted metal means a major commuter route underneath the 102 Avenue Bridge must remain closed until further notice, perhaps for a few weeks, in addition to part of the avenue which has been shut down since July.

“Under the city’s oversight, several engineering teams are investigating the situation to determine exactly what went wrong here,” Barry Belcourt, manager of Edmonton’s road design and construction branch, said Monday.

“Right now nothing is going to fall down because it is all bolted in place and cranes are still holding pieces in place.”

No one was injured.

Belcourt said investigators are reviewing the bridge design, materials used, the construction process and environmental conditions for clues.

Crews started installing the girders Friday night, bolting them in place after they were put in position with cranes, but work was temporarily suspended Saturday night due to what Belcourt called extreme winds.

Crews were working on the girders Monday morning when some of them buckled without warning, he said.

“All of a sudden four of them bent simultaneously.”

How long it will take to get the project back on track will depend on what is learned from the review into why the girders buckled, Belcourt said.

The city needs to determine if more cranes are needed, if the girders can be repaired on site or if crews have to take the bridge apart and start over.

“In the worst-case scenario, if the steel can’t be repaired, it could delay the overall project by a year.”

Belcourt said the delay is likely to add to the project’s cost.

Just Posted

Olympic ski run designer creates upgrades at Canyon Ski Resort

Jeff Ihaksi says free-style and alpine ski venues are Canada Winter Games-worthy

Updated: Collision expert backs version of crash of driver accused of manslaughter

Daniel Newsham accused of manslaughter in fatal 2016 collision

Red Deer artist highlights the dinosaur connection of Alberta birds

Jeff Powers is fascinated by winged creatures

Murder charges laid against woman from the Sunchild First Nation

The 25-year-old female victim was found dead on Dec. 12

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

McDavid, Draisaitl with three points each to lead Oiles over Flyers

Oilers 4, Flyers 1 EDMONTON — Connor McDavid had two goals and… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

WHL’s Thunderbirds, Silvertips open to NHL joining Seattle hockey market

TORONTO — The Seattle area’s major junior hockey teams aren’t worried about… Continue reading

Canadian freestyle skier Karker excited for Dew Tour’s modified superpipe

Rachael Karker has a renewed sense of confidence heading into her second… Continue reading

CBS settled with Dushku over ‘Bull’ star’s sexual comments

LOS ANGELES — CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year… Continue reading

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake.… Continue reading

Councillors in Toronto, Ottawa vote to allow retail cannabis stores

TORONTO — Councillors in Toronto have voted to allow retail pot shops… Continue reading

Most Read