Borden-Carleton — Strait Crossing Development Inc. and the Government of Prince Edward Island are announcing a joint project to cover over six kilometres of Confederation Bridge. This initiative was spearheaded by a petition that circulated the Island community of Borden-Carleton in 2016, when the town lost revenue due to the bridge closing either in part or wholly for storms.
The resident who began the petition, Marcie Andrews, didn’t think it would get this far, but she’s glad to see that progress is being made.
“I was talking to some of the other shop owners in Gateway Village,” she said, “and they agreed it was hard on us when the bridge is closed in a storm. Nancy suggested covering it…one thing lead to another, and now I guess the project is greenlit.”
The Manatee reached out to Strait Crossing and the Transport minister of PEI and received this response signed by both parties: “We are excited to partner in this endeavour to make the Island more accessible to the citizens of Canada. We are also pleased that, upon completion, the town of Borden-Carleton will have increased access to revenue that would normally be depressed on storm days…”
The cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $4 million per kilometre, take five years to complete, and there is no word on connecting the roof from the New Brunswick end. A spokesperson for the Government of New Brunswick called the project “absurd” and rejected the notion saying, “it would diminish the reputation of other fine covered bridges in New Brunswick.”
Strait Crossing is confident that the impact on tolls will be minimal. “We’ll probably only have to raise [tolls] by 33 per cent to cover the cost,” said a representative, “but it’ll be worth it in the end!”
The project is anticipated to begin in 2019.