CALGARY- In just two months, commuters will have another way to get into downtown.
The St. Patrick’s Bridge stretches across the Bow River, connecting the East Village with Bridgeland. The project was delayed by the June 2013 flood, but is now set to open around October 20.
“We are projecting that the St. Patrick’s Bridge will have four thousand people on it day to day, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get to that number sooner rather than later,” says Michael Brown, CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. “The benefit is to the East Village in the future, but I think Calgarians are going to use it now.”
The bridge serves as an alternative to the busy 9th Avenue corridor through Inglewood, and will also link up to the pathway system.
The $45 million plan includes new landscaping on St. Patrick’s Island, and the full project is expected to be finished by next summer.