As Laurent mentions in today’s post, twenty years ago today the fixed link that joined the mainland to the Island opened. I recall the first time we crossed it in February 2016 on our way to find a place to live in our new home.
Today 31 May 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the Confederation Bridge linking the mainland of Canada to PEI. The construction of the bridge required a special amendment to the Canadian Constitution because it involved the clauses which allowed PEI at the time a colony to join Confederation. The Island Government had a special condition that in joining in 1873 they would get financing for the railway on the Island and also a ferry service paid for, operation and maintenance, by the Federal Government. A special referendum was held and 60% of the Islanders voted in favour of the construction of the bridge and the end of train service on the Island.
Construction of the 12.3 Km sea bridge over the Abegweit channel of the Strait of Northumberland took place between 1993-1997 at a cost of $1.3 Billion dollars. The architect was Frenchman Jean Mueller who developed…
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