We always enjoy crossing the North Saskatchewan River on one of Edmonton’s many bridges. Not only do you get fine views, but also a cooling breeze.
The Groat Bridge (as well as Groat Road) is named after Malcolm Groat, a former Hudson’s Bay Company employee, who settled in the area in 1888.
The bridge was built in 1955, refurbished in 1990 and is currently undergoing a $48 million rehabilitation to replace both road decks and the existing piers and expand the East side shared path from 2.4 m (7 ft. 9 in) to 4.2 m (14 ft). It is 315.5 m (1,035 feet) long and carries 4 lanes of traffic.
Work was supposed to be complete in 2020, but bridge projects in Edmonton have a history of running long. Pity, as we could have used the wider path to keep our distance from joggers and cyclist who regularly use the bridge.
All photos taken September 24, 2020
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