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Margaret Avenue Bridge officially reopens Oct. 30

Kitchener – Government officials, consultants, city staff and the neighbourhoods of Mount Hope-Breithaupt, Central Frederick and Olde Berlin Town will celebrate the reopening of the Margaret Avenue bridge tomorrow Friday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. The bridge will close from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the event, in response to the neighbourhoods’ desire to reconnect with each other on the bridge, and to celebrate the bridge’s reopening.

“This vital commuter route is important to many Kitchener citizens not only as a connector between Kitchener and Waterloo, but it’s especially important as a connector for neighbours,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The re-opening of this bridge gives us an opportunity to celebrate together as a community as we build stronger neighbourhoods on both sides of Victoria Street.”

The bridge is a major piece of the city’s transportation network, standing for decades as both a figurative and literal connection between citizens in the Mount Hope-Breithaupt and Central Frederick neighbourhoods to the city’s downtown core – and the businesses at their doorsteps. Neighbours, commuters and other citizens have been patient as the project developed and the bridge was built. We are celebrating this investment with the local community and the community at large.

The project received $837,900 from the Government of Canada through the federal Gas Tax Fund, with the City of Kitchener responsible for the remaining $5.57 million of the total project cost of $6.4 million. Since 2005, more than $46.9 million has been made available to the City of Kitchener through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

Important to many Kitchener citizens as a commuter route between Waterloo and downtown Kitchener, the new bridge not only satisfies critical safety issues, but is also constructed in a way that positions Kitchener to take advantage of future opportunities that create sustainable transportation options for citizens.

It is a well-planned and managed project that supports long-term needs of the community, as outlined in the Kitchener Strategic Plan’s priority of sustainable infrastructure.

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