And even though the pedestrian bridge has been open to the public for a few years now, the project is still costing taxpayers. There was a recent $200,000 bill to repair cracked glass on the bridge, for example. Furthermore, the city recently announced that they were going to spend $400,000 to add another crosswalk near the bridge to try and curb jaywalking (the new crosswalk still won’t line up with the bridge, though – it will be a block to the west. That’s in addition to the existing crosswalk a block to the east).
And now we learn that the lights on the bridge were not build to handle Calgary’s winters, and so that’s going to cost taxpayers an additional $700,000:
Crews are replacing all the light fixtures as LED lighting will replace the existing fluorescent lights which keep burning out in the winter.
The cost for the work comes in at $700,000, but the city says the new lights are rated to last 15-20 years while the old lights had a 3-5 year life span. People can still use the bridge as crews will tackle the job on one side of the structure at a time.
The Peace Bridge was built at a cost of more than $24.5 million, and opened 16 months behind schedule in 2012 as bolts had to be re-welded.
When it comes to Calgarians and the Peace bridge, it’s sort of like when an adorable kid acts like a brat – it’s hard to stay mad for too long. People clearly like the bridge and are using it in large numbers. But that doesn’t mean that taxpayer shouldn’t question why the project seems to be an endless money pit.
Is this latest $700,000 cost is the last financial hit the bridge will bestow upon Calgarians? Let’s hope so, but don’t hold your breath.