Empire Iron Works Ltd. detailed, supplied, and fabricated the steel for the Dawson Bridge rehabilitation.
Edmonton's Dawson Bridge has been in service for nearly 100 years carrying electric trains, when originally built, to what it accommodates today - 17,000+ vehicles per day plus pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge needed significant repair including total deck replacement, truss replacement and/or strengthening and repainting of the bridge.
The modifications had to be carried out in a manner that respects the historical aspects of the Dawson Bridge's appearance as it is listed on the Inventory of Historical Resources in the City of Edmonton.
Coordinating with other trades on the job to ensure material arrived on site, on time and in the correct sequence was an important role as the working and storage space was limited due to the inhabited area around the bridge site.
Safety and efficiency of the bridge has been improved and extended the life of the bridge for 50+ years using innovative technologies such as a unique application of a sandwich plate system for the bridge deck allowing for the 1900 era structure to meet today's traffic demands.
This use of a sandwich plate system won the bridge a CISC Alberta Region Award in 2011 in the Sustainability category.