As you all likely know by now the debate about the “10th Avenue Crossing” is back on! Well, how about a Poll! You can vote to the right. —->>>
The latest development is a plan put forward by a knowledgeable community member to create a “dip” style crossing that would be longer, but perhaps half the cost of the $14 million ($160/yr/taxpayer) straight tall bridge from 10th.
Here is the comparison published in the AVNews. The new route snakes along the creek bed rather than going straight over it.
There will be a non binding question on the ballot in November asking if Council should pursue the straight bridge. But what do you think about this new option? Vote in the poll on the right hand side of this page!
My thought right now, even though I’d love a quicker way across, with the lack of grants from senior government for such a project it would be prohibitively expensive for the benefit even if it was $7 million instead of $14 ($80 vs $160/yr). I also have great concerns with filling in a large portion of the Roger Creek ravine to accommodate this kind of plan and I am sceptical the DFO would even allow it. I would much rather an even cheaper option of a small foot and bike bridge, either a suspension or wood frame that would could be build with volunteer help and with community funds to connect North port and South Port which would be a huge improvement, and to serve the educational and recreational facilities there as well. If anything we will need the big money for our existing crossing bridges on Gertrude and Victoria Quay which are getting very long in the tooth.
That’s where I stand for now, what do you think?
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