EDMONTON -- The two-lane one way metal Walterdale Bridge is to be replaced by new fancy three-lane modern one. It costs less to tear the old bridge down than maintain it annually. But our genius mayor wants to keep it and put a restaurant on it.
"A single remaining span can pay homage to the historical nature of the existing bridge," concluded the report. "It is possible to build a restaurant on the bank adjacent to the bridge and use this remaining span as the patio or outdoor space.".
The Walterdale is ugly, an eyesore, and a bottleneck. Councillor Bryan Anderson is bang on correct...
Maintaining the old bridge next to the city's new signature structure after 2015 would be ridiculous, Coun. Bryan Anderson said.Exactly. Mayor Mandel is an idiot.
The new bridge is something people will stop to photograph and immediately to the west will be the "Walterdale mess," he said.
"I just think that when you're spending $40 million to make this an iconic piece of new infrastructure that could conceivably last 150 years, it doesn't make to me a lot of sense in confusing that signature appearance with a piece of 70-year-old, girder-style bridging."