In case you are wondering what is happening on the Peace Bridge Construction in Calgary here is a photo I captured on October 1st, 2011. The Peace Bridge is located in Eau Claire, which is on the South Side of the Bow River at approximately 7th Street SW and 1st Avenue. The Peace Bridge is a pedestrian crossing which our Calgary City Council received an incredible backlash from residents of the City of Calgary. The design was handed out to a Non-Canadian architect, Santiago Calatrava who’s principal office is in Zurich, Switzerland for nearly $4 million dollars, without having even tendered it to Canadian Architects. The Peace Bridge was tendered under the leadership of Mayor Dave Bronconnier.
The Peace Bridge construction cost is estimated over $25 million dollars when it is completed. The Peace Bridge will service the communities of Eau Clair on the south, and Sunnyside on the North Side of the Bow River. Both Communities are represented by long time friend and Bronconnier supporter Druh Farrell. The Peace Bridge is far behind schedule, due to many problems during construction, and having to order replacement parts with long delivery times from overseas.
While the Peace Bridge, demonstrates a fine example of world class architecture, the long term benefit to the average Calgarian remains to be seen.