Thunder Bay – Cyclists Advocate For North-South Bridge

Cyclists continue to advocate for north-south bridge

Cycling advocates continue to push for a safe and convenient way over the McIntyre River to bridge the north and south side of the city and reduce collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians on busy roadways.

“For about 20 years people have been asking for a safe way for a cyclist to get from the north to the south of Thunder Bay with being able to avoid the heavy traffic on Memorial and Balmoral and get people off the sidewalk on Memorial,” said cycling advocate Ken Shields.

Shields was one of more than 30 cyclists who held a ride and rally Monday evening to promote an infrastructure project either on or near the Canadian National Railway bridge near Carrick Street to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

There are three options under consideration including a direct route, a diagonal route, and retrofitting the existing CN Rail bridge. Following an environmental assessment, the preferred option was using the existing bridge.

The city has approached the CN and is in discussions with the company about retrofitting the structure.

According to Mike Vogrig, project engineer with the city of Thunder Bay, those discussions are still ongoing.

“We haven’t heard one way or another,” he said. “We haven’t heard: no we are not interested or yes we are interested in this.”

“I don’t think it’s a question of it not getting built, just in terms of where it fits in with our priorities,” he said. “It is part of our Active Transportation Plan to have a structure there. But if we are running into delays in terms of timelines or getting something built, for example a separate structure would be very expensive and would require additional funding outside of the OMCC funding, there are a number of other projects within that agreement we could apply the funding to.”  – Tbnewswatch

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The city has approached the CN and is in discussions with the company about retrofitting the structure.

According to Mike Vogrig, project engineer with the city of Thunder Bay, those discussions are still ongoing.

“We haven’t heard one way or another,” he said. “We haven’t heard: no we are not interested or yes we are interested in this.”

I am sure CN is laughing their asses off.  Remember, CN is the railway that the City of Thunder Bay, in their fight over the James Street bridge, took all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.  You really think they are in any hurry to cooperate with the City of Thunder Bay on any issue right now?  Any issue ever?

..for example a separate structure would be very expensive and would require additional funding outside of the OMCC funding, there are a number of other projects within that agreement we could apply the funding to.

Yes…the bridge idea is dead.  Vogrig said as much.

This city is incapable of building something as simple as a pedestrian/cycling bridge over a small river even if given $900,000 free cash.  Its sad.  Incompetence?  Can’t argue against it.

City of Thunder Bay takes another step toward shitholedom.

 

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