The London city council has approved decided to approve the new proposed Victoria Bridge replacement. The new bridge is going to cost 14 million dollars, and is going to be designed with a historically accurate arched aesthetic. The project is going to begin in 2022 and is sure to wow London residents with the new design. The decision was made because the Canadian city relies on bridges to travel across waterways. Many rivers obstruct physical transportation to the downtown area, and officials are attempting to reinforce current accessibility sites.
Many council members were looking for a cheaper bridge design that could save some money on the new design project. However, the majority of the council favored the more expensive decisions since it would look better than the cheaper bridge. The bridge is going to amass a life of over 50 years, so the city is happy that it could last a long time.
Elizabeth Peloza, a ward councilman, has stated her concerns toward the financial and physical aspects the bridge could have on the Canadian city. Currently, the Victoria Bridge acts as one of the most important roadways into the city center. This construction project may hinder many people’s ability to access their downtown jobs, so there are many concerns that city officials are addressing. The new bridge may also delay other construction projects that are going to on simultaneously, so government officials are trying to minimize the obstruction the project may cause. The arched bridge is also going to require less foundational support through its innovative design, which is essential for the environment that lives in the Thames river below. Residents are reacting positively to the new decision and can expect to see construction begin in the next few years.