City applying for federal funds for two new bridges crossing McIntyre River, repurposing Edward Street Bridge girders. THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay’s city council has approved a plan to prioritize two new pedestrian-cyclist bridges that will better connect the Lakehead University and George Burke Park areas to the city’s active transportation network.
On Monday, city council approved a plan to apply for federal funding to support the projects, which are expected to cost around $600,000 all told. If the city’s application to Canada’s Active Transportation Fund were successful, it would cover up to 60 per cent of that.
One of the new bridges would span the McIntyre River near Lakehead’s Fieldhouse, connecting to a trail that runs behind the Deer Lake Ridge residence and leads toward Confederation College.
The second bridge would connect a trail running George Burke Park across the river to John Street, in the area of Bishop E.Q. Jennings school.
“These new connections promote safe active travel to school for students of Bishop EQ Jennings as well as Lakehead University and opportunities to reduce single- occupancy vehicle trips which reduces emissions and improves community health,” said Darrik Smith, the city’s mobility coordinator.
“More direct crossings help decrease trip duration, improve navigability of the [active transportation] network and the provision of safe crossings that improve access to education and healthcare facilities and result in improved mobility options for all network users.”
The bridges will also improve pedestrian and bike access to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and between the River Terrace […]