ABOUT THE PROJECT
The need to build a new bridge across the Bow River was identified in 2002 to connect arterial roads and help move traffic more efficiently across the river.
The west side of the bridge structure will be located at the east end of the public space (west side of the river) that currently has a parking lot and access to the multi-use pathway and off-leash dog area. The east side of the bridge will connect with the new part of James Walker Trail.
All the work done to date is based on functional studies that determined the most efficient alignment for both sides of the proposed bridge and considered current and future land uses, roadway length and grades, bridge span, floodways and impacts to adjacent properties.
The location for the bridge was chosen in 2002 and is based on:
- Community growth
- Community connectivity
- River shape, in particular, avoiding the bend where ice can build up
- Significant variances in grade and topography
- Suitable road alignment with Griffin Road
The new bridge will:
- Meet current design and engineering standards
- Provide two lanes for vehicle traffic with adequate lane widths to accommodate emergency vehicles and transit vehicles in the future
- Provide pedestrian/cycling access, including on-street bike lanes and a separated, 3-metre multi-use pathway that connects with Cochrane’s existing pathway system.
- Incorporate an historical/commemorative component through the name and aesthetics.
- Connect the north and south sides of Cochrane
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Thank you to all residents who participated in the bridge naming engagement process. Phase II of the bridge naming public engagement is now closed after four weeks of submissions from the community.
Phase II saw residents choose their top three picks from each of the following categories, in alignment the Town of Cochrane naming policy:
- Cochrane’s past
- Landmarks/natural features
- Service organizations
Cochrane Historical and Archival Preservation Society (CHAPS) has been consulted and will be providing Council with the local and historical significance of the top choices from each category. Council will review the top choices along with CHAPS’ comments and narrow down the list to a final top three.
Watch for an opportunity to choose the final name from Council’s top three on this website.
Please check back for more upcoming Public Participation opportunities.