ISL Wins CCE Award of Excellence for Mill Creek Ravine Pedestrian Bridges

October 29, 2021

On October 28, 2021 – The work of Canadian consulting engineering firms was celebrated online Thursday night, as twenty projects were recognized for excellence during the 2021 Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards virtual celebration. CCE awarded ISL with the Award of Excellence for our work on the Mill Creek Ravine Pedestrian Bridges Rehabilitation Project.

The Mill Creek Ravine is both a recreation destination and commuter link into downtown Edmonton. Working with the City, ISL replaced two pedestrian bridges and restored three historic railway-turned-pedestrian bridges within Mill Creek, improving their durability and safety. Historic timbers were used where possible to maintain the original design and preserve the heritage value, while thoughtful structural engineering reduced wear on bridge components interacting with the creek.

Originally built in 1902, the timber trestle bridges were part of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway. The bridges initially connected the railway that ran between Edmonton and Calgary and was the first link across the North Saskatchewan River. The trestle bridges were later converted for pedestrian use beginning in the 1970’s.

The Mill Creek Pedestrian bridges officially opened on June 22, 2018 a full four months ahead of the proposed schedule and within budget. ISL and Alberco Construction worked through the cold winter months to minimize impact to the popular trails and ensure the public could enjoy the newly rehabilitated bridges throughout the whole summer.

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“Receiving the Award of Excellence for the Mill Creek Pedestrian Bridge project is truly an honour. We want to thank CCE for recognizing and selecting our project for the Award. This was a feel good project, that involved maintaining Canadian Heritage, sustainability by restoration and preservation, and collaboration from the entire team including involvement from the local communities. Thank you.”

-Troy Letwin, P.Eng., Bridge Design Manager, ISL Engineering and Land Services