Dawson Bridge Watch™: I made a PROMISE, Mr. Frodo

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A photo of the Dawson Bridge covered in a white tarp

Ah promises. You know I love em. But I’m always skeptical of construction completion dates when it comes to infrastructure projects. I don’t care which order of government is the lead on the project, it almost never comes in on time or on budget. And as a note, I should say my experience in private sector capital work is the same. On-time and on-budget sounds nice, but the phrase is the exclusive province of marketers and communications types.

But, like in this video where Samwise Gamgee nearly dies trying to prove some stupid point about keeping promises to wizards — ’cause they’ll fuck you up — another promise is being kept, albeit somewhat late, by the City of Edmonton.

I received notice from some key contacts — who shall not be named, lest I lose their confidence (actually it was Dave, Jeff and Mack) — that the Dawson Bridge will re-open in a scant two days, on Monday, December 20 at 5:00am.

I think that actually deserves its own line, don’t you?

The Dawson Bridge will re-open in a scant two days, on Monday, December 20 at 5:00am

See what I did there? Emphasis.

Now, our more dedicated readers will know that we’ve been covering the Dawson Bridge closure since the beginning of 2010. And things sort of dropped off more recently. That was totally deliberate, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We stopped covering it because that section of road became unnoticeable to the residents of my neighbourhood. That bridge has been closed SO LONG, we stopped noticing.

But that all changes on Monday. Monday, Rowland Road will resemble something approaching a clusterfuck, as thousands of Edmontonians forget that hills are slippery.


So thanks! To the City, its engineers, construction crews and everyone else who worked on this project. We know you planned to have it open at the beginning of the month, but the fact that Old Dawsy’s re-opening at all — and not, say, falling into the river — is a testament to your considered attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Cheers! To another 50 years of never renovating the Dawson Bridge!

— with love from the Unknown Studio

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4 Responses to “Dawson Bridge Watch™: I made a PROMISE, Mr. Frodo”

  1. Jeff
    December 20, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    When do we party at the Hilltop? I will order a bridge cake.

    And take first watch against the bridge robots.

    • Adam Rozenhart
      December 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      In the new year, I’ll plan something. The great part is that in order to get there, you can just take the 1 or 88 bus!

  2. Lisa McRitchie
    December 20, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    I’m very excited that this bridge is opening again. I know I don’t live in Edmonton anymore, but I used to use this way all of the time to get to family. You know that I will be driving back and forth on this bridge this weekend. I might even carve my name somewhere.

    • Adam Rozenhart
      December 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      Don’t touch the fresh paint!!