Mayerthorpe Rail Bridge Replacement
Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada
Wooden railway trestle bridge
CANADIAN CONSULTING ENGINEERING AWARD
Design and construction monitoring for replacement of vital rail link
On April 26, 2016, the wooden railway trestle bridge over the Little Paddle River, near the community of Mayerthorpe about 120 km northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, was vandalized and deliberately set on fire. The bridge was destroyed within a few hours, crippling the railway network owned by Canadian National Railway (CN). CN employed KCB to design the earthen approach embankments, provide input for the design of the bridge piles, and monitor the construction of the embankment approaches.
“We were very impressed with the team’s agility and ability to make design adjustments that adapted to very difficult ground conditions with limited time and data available.”