Valley Line LRT construction will go ahead as planned after an injunction to have it stopped was rejected in court.
The Save Edmonton’s Downtown Footbridge group was fighting to keep the Cloverdale footbridge up, which will be torn down to make way for the new Valley Line.
A judge ruled that stopping construction of the new line would cost too much, and the bridge was going to be replaced anyway.
The city’s Quinn Nicholson is glad that construction will be able to continue as planned.
“I just think we’ve done full due diligence on this project, it’s time to move on now, and get it built, and get service to southeast Edmonton, and the other Edmontonians along the line who have been waiting for this for almost 30 years.”
The judge did admit that the city wasn’t honouring a deal made in the 1970s that the province is to sign off on any big projects in the river valley, and for that reason he said the group wouldn’t have to pay the city’s legal costs.
Nicholson doesn’t think that’ll mean any roadblocks for construction.
“I don’t think it matters that much, it’s a technicality we will work out in partnership with the government of Alberta. We’ve got a good relationship with them, we’ve had a good relationship with them since the start of this project, we’ll continue to keep them informed and we’ll get through this together as partners.”
The save the footbridge group’s Eric Gormley say they’ll try appealing to the province.
“I have my doubts that they’ll step up in this particular case, but that agreement is still in force. Maybe for future development of the river valley they’ll have to contend with that agreement as well.”
The bridge is scheduled to come down in September. (kdr, sj)