First of its Kind Bridge Opens in Brampton
A formerly abandoned bridge in Brampton has officially been revitalized - and it’s now open to the public!
And it’s more colourful than ever.
It’s true - the much-awaited Franceschini Drive Bridge and Esker Lake Trail connection is now complete, the City of Brampton announced on Friday June 22, 2018.
The major project has been underway for some time now on the former “bridge to nowhere”, according to the City.
The Franceschini Bridge passes over Highway 410 just north of Williams Parkway, and it was actually an abandoned road bridge that has been converted into a pedestrian bridge.
Intense bridge rehabilitation!
The City removed and replaced paint, provided a coloured, decorative asphalt surface, installed a lighting system, and even installed a new railing system and cover plates.
According to the City, the bridge completes the last “missing link” of the award-winning Esker Lake Trail.
This has created a 40 km trail loop in the City to encourage recreational walking and cycling trips.
“Another fun fact: it has the first pedestrian counter of its kind in the City,” reads a recent release.
The bridge was originally used to haul gravel from the Franceschini pit, but when that quarry closed down, the bridge was barricaded.
Now that it has officially re-opened, a Bike the Creek event will cross the bridge at 10:45 a.m. on June 23.
The colourful, artistic mural on the surface of the bridge, is the first of its kind in Ontario, according to the City.
What do you think of the new bridge?