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Could Edmonton be building bridges better?

As Edmonton proceeds with the massive project to replace the aging Walterdale Bridge, other regions have figured out how to replace a bridge in just one weekend.

The Walterdale Bridge replacement work expected to wrap up in late 2015

Construction on a replacement for the existing Walterdale bridge is expected to continue through to late 2015. (CBC )

As Edmonton proceeds with the massive project to replace the aging Walterdale Bridge, other regions have figured out how to replace a bridge in just one weekend.

CBC’s Tim Adams spoke with Frank Vanderlann, a highway design manager in Ontario, who has worked on several projects using a switching method: the new bridge is built elsewhere, transported in and swapped with the old bridge in hours. He says it saves not only time, but money. 

However, City of Edmonton bridge engineer Shiraz Kanji says that type of operation is not the option when it comes to Walterdale Bridge.

You can listen to Tim’s full interview with Vanderlann and Kanji below.

  

Then, check out this video, which shows the process in action in Utah.

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