CENTRE WELLINGTON – On Wednesday evening, residents filled the Elora Community Centre to have a say on the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge design and funding options.
"This is an important project for our Township and this Council" stated Mayor Kelly Linton. "This process has brought our community together to make a decision on a bridge that will add to the unique character of Downtown Elora. The Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge will be the gateway into our community. It balances our wants and needs and provides Elora with an exceptional heritage backdrop. The Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge belongs to all of us in Centre Wellington".
With over 100 residents in attendance, a presentation was made by staff and BT Engineering, community delegations were presented by the public, followed by discussion with Council. Real time statistics from the online survey and surveys filled out at the evening showed that;
- 157 comments were submitted online through www.connectcw.ca
- 65 comments were submitted at the public meeting
- 222 comments in total were submitted
The results from both online and written surveys showed that 37% of the community chose Alternative 6 as their number one choice. Alternative 6 includes a 6.0 metre deck width with a circular belvedere at mid-span width of 9.3 metres. Council unanimously decided to move forward with Alternative 6. The total cost of Alternative 6 including non-rebated HST is $1.395 million. With preliminary cost estimate for Alternative 6 over budget, Council has chosen to fund the additional amount with internal funds as follows: $160,000 to be taken from the operations centre reserve and the remaining $135,000 from the dedicated bridge capital levy.
Rebuilding the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge was identified as a high priority by Council. The Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge project contributes to downtown Elora revitalization, creates pride of place, renews key infrastructure and builds economic prosperity.
Staff and BT Engineering will be moving forward with the detailed design for Alternative 6 with construction scheduled for the spring of 2018.
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