This is the picture that Ottawa has been eagerly awaiting.
Sod Fest … the picnic on the bridge … the Alexandra Bridge. And frighteningly enough with summer arriving quickly, the picnic is only exactly three weeks away from today … Monday.
Too bad the Sod Fest wasn’t being run on the Prince of Wales Bridge. City officials could have used the faulty field turf at Minto Field and turned the POW span into a permanent picnic pavilion. A perpetual tribute to the 2017 celebration.
Saved the money from the picnic and put it into a fund to run light rail across the Prince of Wales Bridge.
Now let’s see … staff says it would cost between $20 million to $40 million to make the span a LRT link. If you divide that cost between the two cities and the three senior levels of government, why you divide by five and the project might cost Ottawa taxpayers as little as $4 million. With 100-per-cent overruns (as has been the city’s wont), the bridge project is still a steal at $8 million. You heard it here first.
In contrast, Ottawa 2017 said last year that as much as $70 million could be spent on this year’s civic-national celebration and related activities. Glad to see the city has its priorities in order.
Wouldn’t a POW transit line have been a wonderful legacy project commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary?
You know, Mayor Jim Watson could cut a ribbon and put a plaque on the transit bridge with his name on it. In fact, if it hurried the development of the span, we could call it the Jim Watson Bridge just to get His Worship excited.
Still … we’ll always have the artist representation of Sod Fest in the years to come.
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