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Bridgewater Takes Back The Riverbank
Street and waterscape infrastructure improvements coming to Bridgewater
January 5, 2016 – Bridgewater, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Bridgewater was born when settlements on the east and west sides of the LaHave River were joined by a bridge around 1825. The river has been at the heart of the community’s identity ever since.
Today the Government of Canada announced an investment of $1,480,097 to help Bridgewater “take back the riverbank” through a series of streetscape and waterscape upgrades that will improve downtown infrastructure and create a large open space for future public use.
The Take Back The Riverbank project is overseen by the Town of Bridgewater’s Town Council, the municipality’s Engineering and Planning departments, and the Downtown Planning Advisory Committee.
The first stage of redevelopment began in November with the take-down of the old South Parkade structure, which will eventually allow a large section of the waterfront to be opened up for public access. In the spring of 2016, work will begin on the next project elements, which includes improvements to street-level curbing and sidewalks, enhanced parking areas, and the construction of the riverside promenade and public gathering space. This work is also happening in conjunction with important upgrades to the underground infrastructure.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.
The Government of Canada contribution is provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The Town of Bridgewater is investing $1,263,897 in the project.
- Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region.
- The Take Back The Riverbank project is downtown Bridgewater’s most significant renovation in 50 years.
- Champlain Bridge, known locally as The Old Bridge, as well as at least one lane of King Street will remain open during construction.
- The new public space created by the project will be wheelchair-accessible and bike-friendly.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support Bridgewater as it embraces change and renewal that will revitalize its downtown core, benefitting local businesses and community residents alike. Canada’s economic vitality is fuelled by strong communities such as Bridgewater and the exceptional people who live and work there—including all those who are making this project a reality.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Residents of the Town of Bridgewater have long known that this community is a great place to raise a family and this project is making this even more of a reality. The Town of Bridgewater is focused on downtown rejuvenation. Modernizing the commercial hub will help retain businesses and attract more residents and visitors to the riverfront area. Downtown revitalization in a variety of other municipalities has yielded positive results. Civic leadership is the foundation of this project that is firmly fixed on Bridgewater’s future development.”
- Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets
“With Take Back The Riverbank, we’re looking at recapturing what our long-time residents will remember as the heyday of King Street. In doing so, we’re going to be providing a beautiful space and opening up a key part of our riverbank so that it will be accessible to people of all ages and abilities. It’s a project that will benefit our residents and visitors, and help to grow our business community by renewing King Street as a destination.”
- David Walker, Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
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Town of Bridgewater
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