MARK BROWN: ‘I call for a CRD-wide referendum on Big Blue’ JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE

ADJOINING MUNICIPALITIES SHOULD FOOT PART OF THE BILL

 

Thank you, Focus, for keeping the spotlight on a big, expensive civic dilemma: the Johnson Street Bridge.

Do we clean off the rust and keep it?

Or do we rip it out and make ourselves broke putting in a new one?

We should set this to a public referendum: scrap it or scrape it?

When I look at the Delcan report, I see a rusty, ugly structure with two cement blocks hanging in mid-air.

It does not take much convincing by an engineer to have me agree that Blue Bridge + earthquake = owie, as my 6-year-old daughter succinctly pointed out.

Yes, Big Blue sprung from the same mind that designed SF’s Golden Gate Bridge.

There the similarity ends.

I disagree that the metal lattice construction has aesthetic value.

It is an obstacle to the sightlines of Victoria’s Inner and Upper Harbour.

Furthermore, there must be a less clumsy solution to sharing the road between bicycles and vehicles.

Nevertheless, the call for considered, deliberate decision-making that includes authentic public participation is a wise one.

I support the call for a public referendum on the Blue Bridge.

I believe this is an important enough transportation issue that adjoining municipalities should not only have a say, but foot part of the bill.

I call for a CRD-wide referendum on Big Blue.

 

Mark Brown

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

FOCUS: focusonline.ca

Re: Citizens petition for a referendum on the Big Blue (December 2009)

January 2010

Pages 6 – 7

CCC

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