Letter to the Editor

Opening Old Bridge cheaper than keeping it closed

"City fathers, please give in and let us use it until such time as we get the new walking and pipe bridge"

Inventory: Barbed wire, heavy chains, large padlocks, reinforced steel, beautiful gates, possibly made locally.

Labour is not cheap in today’s market. Inventory appears to have come from prison camps in Europe. That would come cheap except for shipping.

The labour is definitely tradesman at $39 an hour.

Do not any of the city fathers have a family? The enjoyment we had walking across the Old Bridge looking down at the river – talking with people we know as we go. Down through the beautiful park and the Esplanade, to the Victoria Street bridge and back to Butler Park.

There have been a lot of front end loaders and trucks and personnel on the old bridge over the past four years, much heavier than us using the bridge.

Also, the beautiful steel sidewalk – built by the city just of us. The bridge has been well proven to be capable of handling foot traffic, even automobiles.

City fathers, please give in and let us use it until such time as we get the new walking and pipe bridge – which may be a couple of years yet.

Not one person talking to me about the Old Bridge being closed is agreeing with you. We are supposedly a free country and a happy people, enjoying our fine city.

It will only cost the labour this time to open it up.

John Carter,


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