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  • High Level Bridge revamp forthcoming?

    Wider sidewalks, LRT tracks and shared-use paths on Edmonton’s High Level Bridge to be studied

    http://www.630ched.com/2017/03/26/wi...to-be-studied/

    Several months after the introduction of suicide barriers on the High Level Bridge created an uproar with cyclists due to narrow paths, the City of Edmonton is now looking for a consultant to examine different options for the busy thoroughfare.

    The consultant will be tasked with doing a structural feasibility assessment of the bridge and providing a feasibility study and conceptual bridge modification strategy report for four scenarios.
    Each would include maintaining the current vehicle lanes on the lower deck of the bridge.


    The four options include:
    • Widening the sidewalks on the lower deck to 4.2 metres wide;
    • Adding two LRT tracks and two 4.2 metre wide shared-use paths on the upper deck;
    • A combination of the two scenarios;
    • Review the feasibility of the south approach sidewalks widening.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

  • #2
    Any of those things would be nice, but there is also a cheap solution: Unbolt the posts holding the cable barriers and reinstall them by bolting them to the outside of the original railing posts.

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    • #3
      ^ The sidewalk widening is needed regardless of the suicide fencing.
      “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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      • #4
        a long term vision is well over due for this iconic Edmonton bridge.
        A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Titanium48 View Post
          Any of those things would be nice, but there is also a cheap solution: Unbolt the posts holding the cable barriers and reinstall them by bolting them to the outside of the original railing posts.
          Yup. Might need some custom base plates or extension plates / brackets to go under or beside the existing rail posts but that sort of fix would be cheap, maybe even site made.

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          • #6
            I'm not looking forward to the day they do any form of rehabilitation / modification work on the high level. I remember it made for terrible rush hours when they last widened the sidewalks / painted the bridge back around '95. And with how much Edmonton has grown in the last 20+ years and how much worse traffic across the bridge has gotten, it's going to be awful.

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            • #7
              I have a question. What happens to the Edmonton Radial Rail Society, which currently operates a streetcar over the top of the bridge? Does that just stop operating?
              "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama

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              • #8
                Two LRT tracks?

                From where? To where?

                That required a wholesale change to the existing LRT route plans. There is also the issue of the narrow tunnel at the south end or the congestion of 109st.

                I like how scope creep has no bounds.

                Looks like another half baked, 'pie in the sky' idea.
                Last edited by Edmonton PRT; 28-03-2017, 06:54 AM.
                Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
                  Two LRT tracks?

                  From where? To where?

                  That required a wholesale change to the existing LRT route plans. There is also the issue of the narrow tunnel at the south end or the congestion of 109st.

                  Looks like another half baked, 'pie in the sky' idea.
                  Two LRT Tracks connecting the Valley Line with a Central LRT network in Old Strathcona. You know, the line the City has in it's Long Term LRT Network Plan, from 2012. Eventually to Sherwoood Park based on that map.

                  So no wholesale changes in the plans.

                  And the tunnel isn't an issue, as they'd likely go down 109th street. Which is 6 lanes, and surely could use a bit of a road diet to fit in two LRT tracks. The transit only lane and parking lane seem like easy removals.

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                  • #10
                    I know very well that it has been on maps since 1964!

                    Even the plans that you reference, are long term corridor plans. Maybe by 2064?
                    Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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                    • #11
                      In other words, plan now for the potential of tracks in case they are required, rather than ignoring plans.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Channing View Post
                        In other words, plan now for the potential of tracks in case they are required, rather than ignoring plans.
                        Implementing or even planning to implement the City's plans requires ignoring the Provincial Government's plans for the same stuff.
                        Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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                        • #13
                          Correct

                          Competing interests for the Radial Rail Society, LRT and HSR. Let alone a top deck walking/bike path or additional traffic lanes.
                          Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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                          • #14
                            Or perhaps the consultant doing the study will have all those potential impacts in their report, rather than ignoring them?

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                            • #15
                              Please widen the walkway and eliminate that stupid fencing that made cycling across the bridge dangerous.

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