The Norwood Bridge is a five-span, 167-meter (547-foot) vehicle pass over the Red River. The foundation consists of four cast-in-place piers founded on tremied bedrock footings. Not only have its artistic archways become a Winnipeg focal point, but the bridge is also a lasting testament to PCL's construction expertise and innovation.
By using large, flat-topped barges in lieu of work bridges (which had never been done before in Winnipeg), the project team was able to reduce both the ecological impact to the river and the construction timeline. Also, by implementing ice road building techniques from northern Manitoba, the project team was safely able to work with large cranes and other construction equipment throughout the winter, once again reducing ecological impact and the overall construction schedule.
One major challenge on the project was the layout required for construction. The cast-in-place bridge had been designed with curves, flares, and super elevations at a time when the use of 3-D modeling was not commonplace. The project team’s use of skilled field engineers allowed for accurate layout and construction.