Walking bridge to get face lift this fall

The City of Fredericton has announced plans to move forward with the deck replacement for the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge.  

Work on the $3.9 million dollar project will begin in September after the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

The bridge will close during the work which is expected to last for about four months.

The city expects after the work is completed the bridge will only need minor maintenance requirements for the next 75 years or more.
The stronger structure is designed to withstand the wear and tear caused by more than 600,000 pedestrian crossings every year.

Councillor Kevin Darrah, Chair of the City's Transportation Committee says the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge is a treasured city icon, and a major commuting route for many residents.

Regular transit routes take riders from Union Street next to the walking bridge to the downtown and back every 30 minutes during morning and evening commute periods.

Funding for the project comes through the New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund, awarded in 2017, and is an equal parts shared agreement between the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton.