Bridge to the future

It’s unanimous! The St. Patrick’s Island Bridge received City of Calgary approval on March 31st, clearing the way for construction to begin this year.

“The bridge is a powerful design statement and a practical connector in East Village,” says Phil Wareham, senior manager of infrastructure development, CMLC. “People will immediately know they’re somewhere very special.” The span, which accommodates pedestrians and cyclists, was designed by French engineers RFR and Halsall of Calgary, a team that beat out 30 other proposals in an international competition in 2010. At that time, the contest advisory committee and public both appreciated the design, which has the lightness of a stone skipping across the Bow River, touching down on both sides of the island, and ending on the opposite bank, in Bridgeland. The bridge is a key component of a renewed St. Patrick’s Island, the master plan for which will be released this spring.