Louise Bridge

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Louise Bridge
Calgary West End.jpg
Louise Bridge and Downtown West End
Coordinates 51°03′04″N 114°05′06″W / 51.05116°N 114.08490°W / 51.05116; -114.08490Coordinates: 51°03′04″N 114°05′06″W / 51.05116°N 114.08490°W / 51.05116; -114.08490
Carries 10th Street SW
Crosses Bow River
Locale  Calgary
Maintained by City of Calgary
Characteristics
Total length 172 meters (564 ft)[1]
Width 19.6 meters (64 ft)
Piers in water 4

The Louise Bridge crosses the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The bridge connects Downtown West End with Memorial Drive and Kensington. It is configured with reversible lanes to accommodate higher traffic into Downtown during the early morning hours, and higher outbound traffic during the afternoon commute.

History[edit]

The bridge was built in 1921 and originally it carried street car and pedestrian traffic. It was named after Louise Cushing, daughter of William Henry Cushing, Calgary mayor from 1900 to 1901.[2]

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1995, with a design conceived by Simpson Roberts Wappel, at a cost of $5.1 million.[1] It carries a daily traffic of 26,000 vehicles.

Design[edit]

The bridge is a reinforced concrete structure built on five wall arched spans. It has a length of 172 meters (564 ft), with each span measuring 32 meters (105 ft).[1] The total width of the bridge is 19.6 meters (64 ft).

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rehabilitation of Historic Hillhurst (Louise) Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Hon. William Henry Cushing". Retrieved 2009-09-07.