January 20, 2017

Calgary “Peace Bridge” boondoggle: Perfect symbol of government waste

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Earlier, I told you about the wasteful spending that Calgary City Council has been involved with based on items I found in a Freedom of Information request that spanned city contracts from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016

I found several crazy examples of overspending that included a Toyota Prius that was worth over $200,000, and I also mentioned public art.

In Calgary, everyone knows how costly public art can be like for example taxpayers spending $24.5M on the construction of the pedestrian Peace Bridge that became associated with all sorts of controversy.

There was the issue of the special Spain welding, there was the cost and then there was the fact those on council in 2008 didn’t do much research.

This thing is rife with issues and it’s the perfect example of government decisions that turn into a total waste of taxpayer money.

So far, since its construction in 2012, Calgarians have paid $150,000 for overhead panels, $400,000 for a new crosswalk and $700,000 for new replacement lights because the ones that it came with, couldn’t withstand Calgary winters.

It’s also a hotspot for vandals and now this Freedom of Information document tells me the city spent over $202,000 on glass panel replacements even though it was supposed to cost $152,000.

Paint it however you like, but this bridge is a government boondoggle.

At the time of its approval, it was seen as a symbol of reckless spending during a recession and there’s no doubt it will continue to cost us at least a million dollars every few years.

Actually, it symbolizes the government perfectly – largely unnecessary and taking money out of your pocket at every chance.

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commented 2017-01-23 02:40:02 -0500
Here in Winnipeg, we have a stupid bridge too. There is a space in the middle of the bridge that is designed for a restaurant. Unfortunately, it is hard to run a restaurant business that is literally on the side of a bridge. As a result, the restaurants that go there keep going out of business. I love how even Stephen Harper toured the bridge and remarked that it costed a million dollars to put plumbing into the bridge.

And as soon as you cross the bridge, there is the stupid human rights museum. That thing costed millions of dollars that we will never get back. From far away, the museum looks like the middle finger.

I am not making any of this shit up. God I hate Winnipeg.
commented 2017-01-22 20:38:43 -0500
Kinda looks like a euro bus that evil kenevil got stuck trying to jump the bow
commented 2017-01-22 20:34:22 -0500
How about costly river bed footings in future after bridge starts snapping apart from extreme tempture fluctuations
commented 2017-01-22 17:01:06 -0500
The real fact is this is a monument, a legacy piece to the gigantic ego Nenshi has been lugging around since he entered the mayor’s chambers – difference is, Calgary/Alberta were flush with petro-bucks in those day – but no more so when the revenue water in the harbor is lowered we see the navigational hazards placed in the budget by free spending Nenshi and his 5 megaton ego.
commented 2017-01-22 12:22:44 -0500
A Toyota Prius for 200 k . These are shit boxes. Life expectancy of 3 years. Ok who was on the take. Rachel was that you?
commented 2017-01-21 11:00:02 -0500
Tha new art on the banks of the bow river looks like a truck carrying construction supplies flipped over and no one cleaned up the mess, not to mention the blue hoop,
commented 2017-01-21 10:58:24 -0500
perfect description
commented 2017-01-20 19:38:29 -0500
Yikes! Great story Holly, maybe Calgary needs to think about new management starting with the mayor perhaps ?
commented 2017-01-20 19:08:35 -0500
When I was a kid growing up in Calgary, when it was a true prairie city, the best bridges were the old suspension swing bridges. But then, I also used to walk down 17 Ave with my .22 and pocket of cartridges to hunt gophers at Twin Bridges, so I am obviously not a true Albertan as is now defined.

Poor Calgary kids now, a sterilized, boring ‘artiste’ bridge.

Remember, 2017 is the mid-term election.