Low Level Bridge (Edmonton)

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Low Level Bridge
2008-06-03 Low Level Bridge.jpg
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians
Crosses North Saskatchewan River
Locale Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Official name Low Level Bridge
Heritage status Edmonton Register of Historic Resources, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering National Historic Engineering site
Characteristics
Design Through Pratt truss
Total length

213.1 m (699 feet) (Northbound)

211.7 m (695 feet) (Southbound)
Number of spans 4
Piers in water 3
History
Opened

1900

1948 (south span)

The Low Level Bridge is a bridge that spans the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Completed in 1900, this was the first bridge across the North Saskatchewan River.[1] A railway track was added in 1902 to accommodate the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway (amalgamated with the Canadian Northern Railway in 1905).[2] Streetcars used the bridge (on a gauntlet track) from 1908 to 1939. [3] Trolley buses used the bridge from the removal of the streetcar track in 1939 until 1965.[3] This bridge became known as the Low Level Bridge after the construction of the High Level Bridge in 1913. In 1948 a twin span was added to the south of the original span. The railway track was removed from the original span in 1954.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vanterpool, Alan (2014). Rivers and Rails: Central Alberta's Transcontinental Railways. Edmonton and District Historical Society. 
  2. ^ Lane, Dennis. "First train into Edmonton". Provincial Archives of Alberta. A15485.
  3. ^ a b Colin H Hatcher; Tom Schwartzkopf (1983). Edmonton’s Electric Transit: The Story of Edmonton’s Streetcars and Trolley Buses. Railfare Enterprises. ISBN 091913033X. 
Preceded by
James MacDonald Bridge
Bridge across the
North Saskatchewan River
Succeeded by
Pedestrian bridge
Road bridge across the
North Saskatchewan River
Succeeded by
Dawson Bridge

Coordinates: 53°32′17″N 113°29′13″W / 53.53806°N 113.48694°W / 53.53806; -113.48694