When you're close to the river valley anywhere in central Edmonton, it's hard to miss the High Level Bridge. The massive steel truss bridge sits over 150 feet above the North Saskatchewan River, connecting the north and south sides of the city. The bridge is 2550 feet long, connecting the manicured legislature grounds on the north end with the trendy university area neighbourhoods on the south side.
Built between 1910 to 1913, the bridge has a lot of history as an iconic sight in the river valley. It was originally built as a transportation link between the cities of Edmonton and Strathcona (amalgamated with Edmonton in 1912). In its busiest days, it was host to four modes of transportation: train, streetcar, automobile and pedestrians. Today, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society runs historical streetcars along the upper deck's tracks from May to October while vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists cross the bridge on the lower deck.
In 2013, a grassroots campaign to install energy efficient lighting on the high level bridge was started. Without the support of any government funds, the citizens and businesses of Edmonton raised $2.5 million to bring the project to life, and the newly lit bridge debuted on Canada Day in 2014.