New Footbridge Constructed February 2010

A new footbridge was built by Lacombe County, in cooperation with the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society. Timcon Construction (1988) Ltd. started dirt work in December 2009. The foot bridge was painted in February and was erected on February 24, 2010.
The Canadian Military Engineers (41 Combat Engineer Regiment) are scheduled to finish construction of the bridge by assembling the bridge deck and hand rails to the steel structure, which is being bolted on to four steel pilings on either side of the river, so as not to interfere with canoeists or snowmobilers who regularly use the Blindman River for recreation. The army engineers were here in March to do their portion of the bridge project.
Lacombe County Operations prepared the materials in preparation for the Military. We acted as project coordinators with the construction of the bridge. The new bridge is approximately six feet wide and is designed for foot or bicycle traffic only. It will serve as an essential link for the Regional Trails system.
The original Blindman River Bridge was part of the old Calgary & Edmonton (C&E) Trail. The original bridge was torn down in 1998 and the only remaining structures are the earthworks on either side of the Blindman River. A Grand Opening Ceremony should be taking place in June 2010.