Fredericton passes on second walking bridge after projected cost hits $45 million

Fredericton councillors have passed on a second walking bridge across the Saint John River after the projected price tag hit around $45 million. 

CBC News reports it would cost at least $45 million to build the bridge on top of the old piers from the former Carelton Street Bridge, while a bridge built on new piers would cost even more at around $46 million. 

The costs were calculated by Engineers from Hilcon Ltd., a consulting firm in Fredericton, and the estimates were based on a six-metre wide pedestrian bridge from the south side to the north side of the city. 

Coun. Henri Mallet, who also chairs the city's transportation committee, tells CBC News the city has several projects underway that are a higher priority, but adds that when it comes to the idea of a second walking bridge to "never say never." 

~ With files from CBC News.