The Nancy Pauw Bridge, Banff
A Second Footbridge Over the Bow River
The Nancy Pauw Bridge is set in the heart of Banff, spanning the Bow River to connect Central Park to the Banff Recreation Grounds. The bridge creates an iconic connection between these two important elements of social infrastructure in the Town, in addition to being a destination in its own right – giving Banff residents and visitors alike a new way to experience the beauty of the Bow River and Rocky Mountain vistas.
Like its sister bridge downstream, the Nancy Pauw Bridge will be an 80m clear span over the Bow River. The structure is an extremely shallow, pure arch, created with stepped Glulam girders and weathering steel haunches. The bridge has been prefabricated and assembled into large segments, and was lifted into place from the shore in early May.
On September 6, 2022, a 108-year-old vision was realized for the Town of Banff. Hundreds attended the grand opening of Banff’s new Nancy Pauw timber footbridge, crossing the Bow at Central Park. Gerald Epp of StructureCraft was invited to share with the attendees his joy in helping fulfill the vision, with the design and erection of this slender long span timber structure.
Construction of the Nancy Pauw Footbridge is now completed. Ground was broken with the placing of the first of the large 4 foot diameter drilled piles. Together, these provide a structural thrust block for the pure arch clear spanning 80m (264 ft) across the Bow.
May 11, 2022 marked a historical moment for the Town of Banff. Two slender, tapered, 132-foot long glulam bridge sections were dropped into place to form an extremely shallow 80m clear span thrust arch bridge, with maximum 5% slopes, and minimal intrusion into the parks on both sides of the Bow in this National Park setting.