It’s been 15 years since the Confederation Bridge opened in 1997 and last weekend I set out to find what’s left of the old pre-bridge infrastructure.
Approaching the bridge in New Brunswick on TCH16 you encounter this structure at NB955. It’s not from the 1990s bridge construction but from an earlier start on a fixed link to Prince Edward Island……a road and rail causeway. This structure was built in the 1960’s over a graded alignment which lay unused for nearly 30 years until activated as the approach to the new Confederation Bridge in 1997.
Parallel to this road alignment was the Canadian National Railways right-of-way that would also have crossed the proposed causeway in 1968 to link-up with the railway on PEI. At that time trains were also being carried on the ferries along with vehicles. The railway has been abandoned on PEI since 1989.
Now let’s head over to PEI and just east of Borden on PEI-10 there’s another 1960’s era structure. It crosses over an old alignment that was also to have been an approach to the proposed causeway in 1968.
But when the Confederation Bridge was built the new TCH alignment was kept closer to town, passing near the new Gateway Village and Welcome Centre. This was thought to give the town a bit of an economic boost after the loss of the many ferry service jobs.
Here’s the old ferry traffic marshalling lanes at Borden.