A new bridge

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bravo to Gary Laine for his great column discussing the history of the James Street bridge and the obvious solution: build a new bridge (Bridge On the River Kam — Viewpoint, July 12).
I don’t know how many times I’ve crossed that bridge in a car, with a passenger new to Thunder Bay, and they have been afraid, fearing our vehicle would fall through.
Not to mention the poor individuals who have accidentally fallen through the old pedestrian crosswalk into the Kam River below.
Certainly the amount of traffic on that bridge previous to the fire would warrant exploring building a new structure sufficient to the needs of CN Rail, Fort William First Nation, and the citizens of Thunder Bay. Perhaps the railway could split the cost with the city, the province and First Nation.
Heather K. Dahlstrom

I am writing in regards to the swing bridge at James Street to Fort William First Nations.
I believe it is time for the City of Thunder Bay or the city and Fort William First Nation (FWFN) together to build their own bridge, and let the Canadian National Railway (CN) do whatever they are going to do.
Keep in mind that there probably will be other situations arise concerning the swing bridge in the future. By having either a bridge owned by the city or a bridge owned by both the city and FWFN it could be much better to deal with in the future.
Ray Barker
Thunder Bay