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Cambridge Pedestrian Bridge
#31
(10-06-2017, 04:41 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Well, if the aforementioned pedestrian bridge between Eagle and Fountain gets built, that'll be a way of avoiding it!

Oh, absolutely!  I don't want to go too off-topic here, but I should clarify that there is a moderately-easy way to get through the King/Fountain/Shantz Hill at rush hour... it's just really unpleasant, and the ride down through the park in Cambridge and back up the Blair Trail is a great way to unwind after a long day at the office. It adds about 20 minutes of riding.

There's a little lookout where I marked "b" at the top of this page, which, if I recall correctly, was part of this old former rail bridge.
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#32
(10-07-2017, 05:51 AM)Canard Wrote: There's a little lookout where I marked "b" at the top of this page, which, if I recall correctly, was part of this old former rail bridge.

I never realized that there used to be a rail bridge there! Here's the history:

https://www.therecord.com/living-story/7...s-closed-/
...K
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#33
Curiously it doesn't mention the Preston to Blair branch, which had a bridge farther up stream.

http://www.walterbeantrail.ca/prestonberlin.htm
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#34
(10-07-2017, 09:10 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: Curiously it doesn't mention the Preston to Blair branch, which had a bridge farther up stream.

http://www.walterbeantrail.ca/prestonberlin.htm

That was here  — that gently curved strip of trees east-southeast marks the rail line. The one further south with the surviving pier fragment was the pre-Fountain road bridge.
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#35
(10-05-2017, 11:21 PM)KevinL Wrote: Well, this one needed nearly zero structural work - the flood embankments combined with the existing old pillar meant they pretty much just needed to fabricate the decks. And, this one is located right next to the densest part of the city to connect it to an emerging new centre and improve the core's walkability. I can't blame them for going ahead.

Not even though the area was already serviced by two other bridges within 5 minutes of each other that lead to the densest part of downtown and  the fact they actually had no idea if they could use that pillar when they started out or that a bridge could have better served people at the highschool and the surrounding delta area and trails on both sides of the river which are much further away from a crossing.
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#36
(10-06-2017, 10:31 AM)Canard Wrote:
(10-05-2017, 10:28 PM)darts Wrote: A much better place would be adding onto the railway bridge to allow students cross the river to go to GCI, currently most students cross on the railway bridge

That is absolutely horrifying. Sad Have you seen this happening first-hand?

There is no highschool on the other side of the river and a number of homes.
They do have those lookouts to give them space if a train comes though but over the years people have fallen off. The other end goes right to the highschool so it certainly is convenient
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#37
It's discouraging that so many people see this and a bridge at GCI as an either-or scenario. Build both!
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#38
(10-08-2017, 11:15 AM)DHLawrence Wrote: It's discouraging that so many people see this and a bridge at GCI as an either-or scenario. Build both!

Cambridge has an asset infrastructure deficit, building more new things when they can't afford to take care of existing problems isn't a solution either.
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#39
So first it's "A better place would be GCI" and now it's "Don't build anything at all"?
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#40
(10-08-2017, 12:09 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: So first it's "A better place would be GCI" and now it's "Don't build anything at all"?

No, it was in response to the idea that building both was a good idea, the one downtown is much lower in priority that the city should be looking at.
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