The Confederation Bridge rises
Almost since Confederation, a link between Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada was a lively possibility. But would a fixed link sacrifice the island's stand-alone charm or just make life more convenient? And could a link disrupt the delicate ecosystem of the Northumberland Strait? From fishermen to farmers to ferry workers, the island's prospects were debated and protected. In 1988, after a referendum with 60 per cent in favour, the inevitable came to pass. It wouldn't be a tunnel or causeway; it would be a curvaceous, 12.9-kilometre bridge.
This CBC Television report takes a peak at the bridge's progress and the growing anxiety and anticipation that follows in its wake.
• Building began in fall of 1993 and was completed in May of 1997.
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: June 19, 1995
Guest(s): Valerie Downe, Irene Novaczek, Kevin Pytyck, Ken Pytyck
Reporter: Kas Roussy
Last updated: April 18, 2012
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