Bridging the Divide

All photos taken on February 28, 2022.

Our lethargy and our lack of enthusiasm for walking a long distance on icy sidewalks took us into Edmonton for a short walk today. Parking at the Kinsmen Sports Centre we walked North across the new Walterdale Bridge on the East side and then back South on the West side.

The following information on this new bridge is a rehash from my April 1, 2021 post on my Photoblography3 blogspot.

A river crossing has operated at or near this location since the late 1800’s. Originally, John Walter built and operated a cable ferry (scow hull) across the North Saskatchewan River between the communities of Strathcona on the South bank and Edmonton on the North bank. The nearby Low Level bridge, constructed in 1900 did not negate the need for a ferry and he continued to run the service until 1913 when the High Level and 5th Street bridges were completed.

(Source: onthisspot.ca)

The original bridge at this location was a steel truss and steel grate bridge opened in 1913. It was named the 5th Street Bridge until 1914, then the 105th Street Bridge until 1967, when it was renamed the Walterdale Bridge (in honour of John Walter). It continued in operation until September 29, 2017, when a new through arch “signature” bridge was completed and opened. It is 230 m (750 feet) long and a brilliant addition to the Edmonton skyline.

(Source: Wikipedia)

I moved to the city in 1974 and met my wife-to-be in 1975. From that point until the new bridge was opened, we drove across the old steel grate bridge many times and she often told me that when she was growing up, she always called it the “ticklefoot bridge” because of the vibrations caused by the car tires running over the open grating.

All that being said, we wanted a change of scenery with a low impact exercise to break up the day as our winter weather drags on. All told, the whole walk was likely about 2 km.

Approaching from the West with the old Rossdale power plant (decommissioned) behind left.
Still approaching from the West after taking our coyote shots (separate post).
under the South end of the bridge
South end of the bridge in the gap between the traffic lanes and the curved pedestrian promenade
Fence in sledding hill with straw bale bumpers
Looking back West from East side of bridge towards Government Centre and downtown
heading back up onto the pedestrian promenade with the downtown skyline
some open water has been created by stormwater outfalls and some warm weather
closeup of the ice/water edge
river ice puzzle
not quite spring breakup, b ut a bit of ice upheaval
looking West toward the bridge
LRT train heading to the University
the wide view West showing the High Level bridge and the Dudley Menzies LRT bridge
crossing under the bridge on the North end
looking East from the North bank
on the trail heading back South
on the main bridge heading South

Western view

Trashy humour

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

12 thoughts on “Bridging the Divide

  1. Trashy humor indeed my friend. Haha what a lovely post. I loved you shared a bit about your wife, very sweet. The “tickle,” bridge. Your photography of the bridge is lovely and your narration is as well. I hope you two have a blessed weekend indeed. Hugs and love ❤️ Joni

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    1. Thanks Joni. The old bridge became the tickle foot bridge to me, once she told me the story. There used to be 2 open grid bridges in Edmonton and now there are none. No kids will ever know the joy of the tickle foot. Thanks so much for reading and your good wishes. Hugs and love to you both as well. Allan 🤗💓

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    1. It was always a dicey bridge on a frosty winter day. The tires always shifted side to side as you want across the grid, but on frost, all bets were off. Ahhh, the good old days. Happy Saturday Lynette. Allan

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