Design and Launch of the Vedder Bridge

December 10, 2020

As part of the design-build team with Emil Anderson Construction Inc., Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. (KCB) consulting engineers led the structural, geotechnical and hydrotechnical engineering design of the new Vedder Bridge over the Vedder River in the city of Chilliwack, British Columbia. The new steel-tied arch bridge is 80 metres long, has pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, and supports utilities for water, sewer, gas, electrical power and fibre-optic communication cables which are suspended under the bridge. The project included building new approaches to the bridge and adding a new roundabout to improve traffic flow. The new Vedder Bridge is designed and built to withstand a 200-year flood and to meet current seismic standards in the event of an earthquake. Pakzad, S. and B. Hamersley. 2017. “Design and Launch of the Vedder Bridge.” ACEC Engineering in B.C. Fall 2017, p. 9.