Evan-Thomas Bridge - Kananaskis - Hiking Alberta

 

The bridge over Evan-Thomas Creek is left stranded after June, 2013 floods.  Repairs are complete in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Evan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

This June 2013 post flood photograph was taken on October 1, 2013 along Kananaskis Trail on the way to attempt the Pocaterra Ridge, Rockfall Valley traverse loop in adverse conditions.

On the way out from Ribbon Creek parking after the incredible post flood hike at Marmot Basin, a habitual stop is made at the bridge over the Kananaskis River to capture images of Mount Lorrette and Mary Barclay's Mountain to the north in mid afternoon sun.  The mountain behind at photo left is Mount McGillivray.

 

Evan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

The expectation was the Evan-Thomas Bridge would be relocated to provide passage over the new watercourse revised by June 2013 floods and the paved Bill Milne Bike Path would be rebuilt in a straight line between the North and South shoreline.  This is not what happened.

Driving past Evan-Thomas Creek and parking the car at road side, the new solution is immediately obvious and much better than the original.  As following photos illustrate the new bridge is adjacent to the Kananaskis Trail Bridge and the Bill Milne trail has been revised to detour from original to include the revised location.

 

Evan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Only the paving needs to be completed.  The plaque on the bridge hosts the original bridge and new bridge construction dates of 1992 and 2014.

 

Evan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

The relocation will allow better protection from a subsequent event.

 

Evan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, CanadaEvan-Thomas Bridge, Bill Milne Path, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Photographs for this entry on the revision of the Evan-Thomas Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge and the change in the Bill Milne Path connecting the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis with Wedge Pond were taken on July 6, 2015.

 

 

 

 

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