July 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 June

  • Construction was in progress in all areas of the site. 
  • The concrete foundations and walls for the funicular machine room were poured.
  • Workers completed most of the pile caps for the urban stair concrete.
  • The foundation for the elevator at the lower end of the trail got underway. 

Work in progress and planned for July/August

  • Pour the concrete floor slab for the upper promontory. 
  • Install structural steel for the urban stair. 
  • Install the rail system for the funicular. 
  • Install lower trail concrete walls for the elevator. 

Traffic Impacts

The project team is coordinating a total weekend closure of Grierson Hill Road with other City departments. This closure is tentatively scheduled for late September. More information will be provided closer to the closure date. 

Off-peak closures of the eastbound lane on Grierson Hill Road will be ongoing 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 total length of the walk from the promontory, down the urban stair, across the promenade and pedestrian bridge, and down the stairs beside the elevator to the bottom landing is approximately 260 m
(850 ft). 
Questions about the Project?

Project Officer
Henry Maisonneuve - 780.495.9923

Program Manager
Michael Schneider - 780.496.7829

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