The bridge, opened in 1907, was Saskatoon's first bridge for horses, wagons, pedestrians, and automobiles. It was closed in 2010, after suffering from neglect for decades.
The demolition began earlier this month, though preliminary work turned last week to stripping the wood and asphalt deck off the south end.
|Deck half cleared, exposing structural supports and trolly traces.|
Also visible are temporary supports placed below the main structure.
|Going, going, . . .|
The Traffic Bridge was central to the formation of the City, uniting Nutana and Riversdale with Saskatoon. One of the conditions on which Nutana insisted was that a bridge be built connecting the two sides of the river. This would replace the unreliable ferry which was being used at the time.
The demolition of the Traffic Bridge will continue, with no replacement in sight. And the nature of the replacement may get a lot more discussion.