City gets $14 million for new landmark pedestrian bridge
March 27, 2008
By DANIEL NOLAN
HAMILTON – The Ontario government is set to give $14 million to Hamilton to help build a splashy eye-catching pedestrian bridge over the Queen Elizabeth Way in east Hamilton.
The funds, coming from $300 million geared to infrastructure, are to be unveiled by local Liberal MPPs Ted McMeekin and Sophia Aggelonitis at the Marine Discovery Centre Friday afternoon.
“I want to thank Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario government for recognizing how merited this initiative is,” said Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla, who first pushed council to make a “gateway” bridge a priority in 2004. “I’m very pleased and it’s a good day for the east end of Hamilton.”
Merulla said about $8 million will go towards building the bridge and the rest is slated for new trails and renovation of the former Rennie Street landfill into a recreation area.
He couldn’t say when construction will start, but said it couldn’t start soon enough.
The bridge is to be built over the QEW between Burlington Street and Centennial Parkway.
It will link the Beach Recreational Trail and the Bruce Trail through the Red Hill Valley.