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good luck with this one… :(

from an edmonton journal article reporting on city of edmonton maintenance only 2 years ago:

“Despite being built 119 years ago, the original Low Level Bridge is still in pristine condition.”

Guess the City
"According to the city spokesperson, the Low Level Bridge — which technically contains two separate structures, built 48 years apart — was last coated in 2006. Upcoming rehabilitation work to extend the bridge's life in 2024 and 2025 will not include repainting, in part due to cost concerns."
It's disappointing to hear repainting isn't part of the project's scope.
how the hell are they going to rehab it and NOT paint it? Kind of go hand in hand…..so just sandblast it and leave the structures 1 giant mass of rusted out metal?
 
Oh right, from a lawyers’s pov….”don’t repaint it, you’ll destroy all of our 15 year old evidence so that when we originally dropped the ball back then, we can try to recoup 10M measley bucks by suing.” Great strategy, wonder who the junior manager is with the City that conjured up this giant fail
 
The Low Level Bridge needs a lot of work. Why does the city cheap out?
demolition by neglect?

because fancy pretty new projects are sexier than maintenance?

instead of painting a bridge regularly (some are done non-stop - they start at one runs and when they get to the other they start all over again) they can build a replacement and tack on new interchanges and ramps at both ends and redo grierson hill and bellamy hill and new access to the edmonton queen’s dock and maybe another outlook and access to accidental beach.

and after the reopening they’ll be able to do it all over again with the high level bridge…
 
demolition by neglect?

because fancy pretty new projects are sexier than maintenance?

instead of painting a bridge regularly (some are done non-stop - they start at one runs and when they get to the other they start all over again) they can build a replacement and tack on new interchanges and ramps at both ends and redo grierson hill and bellamy hill and new access to the edmonton queen’s dock and maybe another outlook and access to accidental beach.

and after the reopening they’ll be able to do it all over again with the high level bridge…
The High Level Bridge won't be demolished anytime soon.
 
@Avenuer I think Ken's comment was tinged with sarcasm; I don't believe that he thinks the High Level Bridge is doomed. His commentary was aimed at the way the City ignores required maintenance and upkeep.
yes, tinged with sarcasm but then again, i am unaware of anyone successfully repealing the effects of rust on structural steel structures (particularly rivetted structural steel structures) when it comes to the high level bridge... :(
 
It can be done, Ken -- but not cheap. The rivets that are "gone" would have to be drilled out and replaced with Steel bolts; steel truss legs that are past their wear-life would also have to be replaced. The entire matter should be front-of-mind for the current City Council. The High Level Bridge is too important from an historical, engineering, and City-future perspective to be ignored any longer. The notion of making the top deck a leg in a linear park that stretches from Jasper Avenue (at a minimum) to Old Strathcona should be top of mind; the sustainability of ERR should be top of mind; the conversion of the auto deck to another (combined retail and hospitality perhaps) use should be top-of-mind. The High Level Bridge has every bit as much significance as any other historical structure in the City.
 
It can be done, Ken -- but not cheap. The rivets that are "gone" would have to be drilled out and replaced with Steel bolts; steel truss legs that are past their wear-life would also have to be replaced. The entire matter should be front-of-mind for the current City Council. The High Level Bridge is too important from an historical, engineering, and City-future perspective to be ignored any longer. The notion of making the top deck a leg in a linear park that stretches from Jasper Avenue (at a minimum) to Old Strathcona should be top of mind; the sustainability of ERR should be top of mind; the conversion of the auto deck to another (combined retail and hospitality perhaps) use should be top-of-mind. The High Level Bridge has every bit as much significance as any other historical structure in the City.
Conversion of the auto deck? Is the thinking that a new bridge for cars gets built?
 

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