Alberta Highways - Edmonton


If there was one operative phrase along 153 Ave. EB in 2013, it was "not yet." Turn south into Ebbers Blvd.? No road there yet. Turn north into Manning Town Centre? Not here, you don't. Right turn at 34 St? Development still hasn't made it there in 2020, and that was the most temporary-looking of the closures.

Older Groat Ravine bridges along Groat Rd. SB: Stony Plain Rd. and 102 Ave.

Let's flip the script: Groat Road's own bridge over the North Saskatchewan River is now seen from River Valley Rd.

River Valley Rd. next happens upon 109 St. and the High Level Bridge, but that has its own page (see link at bottom), so instead we'll go to 105 St. and the 1913 Walterdale Bridge. It once led to Walterdale, but the only remnant of that neighborhood is the John Walter Museum, named for its first settler.

Crossing the Walterdale Bridge north out of downtown, since 109 St. is one way NB. Like the eponymous neighborhood, the bridge is now gone, having been replaced in 2017.

Switching from bridges to tunnels for a moment, this is 97 Ave. WB under the Alberta Legislative Grounds. It's one of the more unusual tunnels, even for a cut-and-cover, since it has a traffic signal partway through for the parking areas on both sides. There are not nearly enough signal heads for this many lanes and this reduced-visibility environment.

North and south 109 St., that part makes sense. Height restriction... what? The red text says "escape route." How about "All vehicles over 10'-6" turn right?" That's a little less dire and easier to understand; the arrow and "restriction" could imply not to turn right. Interestingly, both left (High Level Bridge, which you definitely want to check out because I mentioned it twice) and straight (under the same railroad on the top level of the High Level - that's 3) have the same 10'-6" clearance. Engineering consistency.

Finally, let's head east across the North Saskatchewan River on the Low Level Bridge, born in 1900 as the Edmonton Bridge. Actually, the WB span was born in 1900, and was the first fixed crossing of the river in Edmonton. (Fun fact, it even carried a railway for a little while.) The EB twin span opened in 1948, by which point this was already known as the Low Level Bridge. Why the name change? Once the High Level Bridge (mention #4) was completed in 1913, people realized there were two bridges, one of which was the High Level (5), so the other one must therefore be the Low Level, and it stuck like that. Okay, now go check out that last bridge.

High Level Bridge

TCH 16
AB 216, Anthony Henday Dr.
AB 2
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