Transportation Talk - Spring 2017

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my favo u r i te. . . In this feature, fellow CITE members share favourite transportation tidbits from across Canada. For this spring edition, Mike and Marian tell us about their favourite...

...bicycle trails and routes Mike Connors, MScE, P.Eng.

Transportation Engineer, WSP Canada Inc. | Dartmouth, NS

The Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge, a signature component of Fredericton’s exceptional trail network, is a place that I always find time for when visiting my hometown. The bridge spans the Saint John River, linking the north and south sides of Fredericton along an AT facility that is among the best ‘Rails to Trails’ examples that I’ve experienced. The 130-year old steel truss structure, spanning nearly 600m, was retrofitted with a wood deck and railings and incorporated as part of the Trans Canada Trail in the 1990’s. Though I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the claim, local lore places it among the world’s longest converted rail trail bridges. Its direct connectivity into downtown Fredericton and remarkable panoramic views of the City have made it a profoundly popular community asset that serves both utilitarian and recreational uses alike.

Credit: Carol Randall

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Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge | Fredericton, New Brunswick

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