The Peace Bridge railings have been repaired
The Peace Bridge is now fully open after partial closure for construction. New steel tension cables have replaced all former glass railings. Construction for the railing replacement and repairs began at the end of April this year. Fabrication was fulfilled off-site, in a local Calgary shop, then materials were delivered on-site for mock-up quality review and installation. The Peace Bridge remained partially open to maintain public access during the full construction period while fencing was installed to protect members of the public following the 2022 vandalism event.
“It's great to see the Peace Bridge restored to its full design and use through a practical and permanent solution that protects its unique design," said Mayor Gondek. “As a gateway to our downtown, the Peace Bridge has become an iconic feature of the Calgary skyline.”
“We’re excited to have completed the railing repairs on the Peace Bridge. This is a well-used, active transportation link and we know Calgarians have been patiently waiting and eager for the full width re-opening,” said Peter Phillips, Manager of Bridges and Structures. “One of the biggest challenges we faced was keeping the curved railing shape and transparency, which was part of the original distinguished design, while we shifted away from glass for improved resilience and greater longevity. We are very proud of every member of the team that accomplished this task.” The new steel tension cables will be more cost effective to maintain as the material is readily available in North America.
The design was completed by a local architectural firm, in consultation with Santiago Calatrava Architects and Engineers, the original bridge designer. Design and construction were completed within budget and the timeline anticipated.
"Thanks to the team's diligent efforts, the restoration of the Peace Bridge railings is now complete,” said Councillor Terry Wong. “The safety and security of pedestrians and travellers have been prioritized, ensuring the longevity of this iconic landmark. It is important to preserve the essence and beauty of this symbol of peace for future generations to cherish.”
We thank all Calgarians and visitors for your patience while we repaired the railings on this significant landmark and very popular connection in our city. The Peace Bridge can see up to 9,000 daily users in the summer, crossing the Bow River between the communities of Sunnyside and Eau Claire. We hope Calgarians and those visiting our beautiful city can enjoy the improved railings on the Peace Bridge for years to come.
For more information, visit calgary.ca/peacebridge.