August 2016

Construction of the Mechanized River Valley Access (MRVA) began in March 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by late 2017. The City of Edmonton thanks drivers, businesses, and trail users for your patience as we complete this exciting new addition to our river valley.

Work completed in July/August

  • Concrete pours for the upper promontory walls and slabs.
  • Installation of funicular supports and rails. 
  • Concrete pours for lower elevator foundations and walls. 
  • Backfilling around urban stair and funicular foundations.
  • Beginning fabrication of the funicular cab. 

Work in progress/planned for September

  • Ongoing installation of structural steel for the urban stair.
  • Ongoing concrete work for promontory and elevator areas. 
  • Complete upper machine room walls (for funicular).
  • Begin installation of funicular emergency stairs. 

Traffic Impacts

The project team is coordinating a total weekend closure of Grierson Hill Road with other City departments. This closure will likely take place in early to mid October. More information will be provided closer to the closure date. 

Off-peak closures of the eastbound lane on Grierson Hill Road continue throughout construction. 

River Valley Alliance (RVA)

In 2013, the City of Edmonton received $72.9 million in funding for five initiatives as part of the River Valley Alliance (RVA) Capital Project. Of this, the RVA contributed $48.6 million, and the City of Edmonton contributed $1.7 million. The remaining funding was granted from the provincial government. The Mechanized River Valley Access project is part of the City’s RVA initiatives and has a budget of $24 million.

The RVA is a collaboration of the seven municipalities along the capital region’s North Saskatchewan River Valley that share a common goal – to preserve, protect and enhance the river valley park system for the year round accessibility and enjoyment of citizens and visitors.

In January 2013, the RVA launched a major $90 million Capital Project that includes 13 priority initiatives in 18 sites. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $30 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component towards the RVA Capital Project. The Government of Alberta is also contributing $30 million through the Capital Region River Valley Park grant.

Project Overview
The MRVA will connect the top of bank at 100 St near the Hotel Macdonald to the river valley trail system near the Low Level Bridge. It will provide connectivity between downtown and the river valley, while the thoughtful design and mechanized components will improve accessibility for all users. The existing wood staircase will be reconfigured and partially re-purposed within the new design. 

Click the above image or go here to view site photos. 
Did you know?
The funicular will be large enough to hold up to 20 people. It will be able to fit various configurations like people in wheelchairs, cyclists, and parents with strollers. 
Questions about the Project?

Project Officer
Henry Maisonneuve - 780.495.9923

Program Manager
Michael Schneider - 780.496.7829

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