The City of Edmonton is preparing Edmonton drivers for the biggest construction project set to take over a popular area of the river valley for the next few years.

It’s the first time Edmontonians are seeing the completed plans for the new Walterdale Bridge – and the traffic headaches that will come with it.

“They’ll see a little more detail on the walkways and pedways on both connections to the site, and as well the construction staging, how the construction will go over the next three years,” Byron Nicholson with the City of Edmonton said.

In addition to an information session, held late Thursday afternoon in the Old Timers Cabin on Scona Road, the city posted a map online, showing which pathways in the area would be closed, and their detours.

Most of the road work will take place on the south side of the bridge, along with the final alignment – as the old bridge will remain open through the expected three-year construction project.

“Both roads, Queen Elizabeth Park and Walterdale Hill road will be open for the winters, and one of those will be open at all times, for access across the river,” Nicholson said.

Any road detours will be updated in advance on the City of Edmonton website.

With files from Dez Melenka