Excellent news for residents of the capital of the province of Alberta, as reported by city officials, has completed about 60 percent of the project, which will provide access to the Edmonton River Valley.
The $ 24 million project that will allow access to the river valley, through a mechanical tram as a vehicle, Im referring to the plan that is located in the city center, next to the classic and emblematic Macdonald Hotel, also know a Fairmont.
It is currently estimated that the funicular will open its doors to the public probably during the coming autumn, but, undoubtedly, the project is already taking shape so residents have already begun to notice it.
The design of the future tourist attraction of the city is composed of six different aspects, which we invite you to review in the following lines.
1. The stairs
According to statements given by: "Jesse Banford", belonging to the department of infrastructure of the city, was affirmed that these are not typical stairs.
Banford said that: "Stairs have about 170 steps, and each step will be built with" Kebony "wood, an environmentally friendly material recognized for its durability.
2. The funicular
Described as a glass-walled lift, with a capacity of 20 people per car or wagon, it moves using a complex cabling.
Instead of moving vertically, the funicular moves at an angle. At a rate calculated at two meters per second, so a trip will take about two minutes.
But the total travel time of this walk, which includes walking from the top of the bench to the observation post is about eight minutes in total.
3. The Walk
The steps and funicular will land on a promenade, grassy park with benches that look like or simulate large blue waves.
Vancouver artist: "Jill Anholt" designed them as part of their inspiration called Turbulent or Turbulence.
The $ 150,000 piece will consist of thin, brightly coloured metal ribbons that will float on concrete benches along the lawn north of the boardwalk.
Also and very important is that as part of the project, the city will plant 50 new trees and 2,000 new shrubs.
The promenade is about 850 square meters in its totality.
4. The Bridge
The bridge stretches over Grierson Hill Road and above the wooded area.
It is covered in concrete panels, which were installed as "Lego blocks" using a 400 tonne crane.
According to Banford, the project as a whole has a dimension of about 145 feet or 44 meters.
5. The observation deck
The bridge finally tilts downwards and becomes the lookout, which is placed just before and above the river.
There will be built-in seats made of concrete.
The railing facing the river will be made entirely of glass, which will create a "perfect and impressive experience," says Banford.
6. The elevator
The elevator, located just before the vantage point, allows those who have accessibility challenges to access the wider river valley system and the "Louise McKinney" park, among other destinations.
The project will also connect to the original stairs that were in place before they were closed for construction.
Two important facts related to the project that will provide access to the valley of the river of Edmonton are:
The project is within its estimated term of construction and within the budget originally established by the provincial government.
The "funicular" project is part of the Edmonton River Valley Alliance projects and has a cost of $ 24 million, of which the city contributed $ 1.7 million of the total cost, and the latter will also be The person in charge of maintenance and its operations.
Now or for the moment, we can only wait for the arrival of the funicular, which is currently being manufactured in Switzerland.
It is to be hoped that the project, once completed and inaugurated, can fulfill its main objective: "to bring together both worlds, as well as to offer to city residents and tourists the opportunity to see and interact with Edmonton in a new interesting way."