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Cambridge's pedestrian bridge to be named for former mayor Doug Craig

Cambridge councillors voted in favour of naming the pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in Galt 'Craig's Crossing' to honour former mayor Doug Craig.

Naming bridge after Doug Craig a 'no brainer,' Coun. Frank Monteiro says

This pedestrian bridge in Cambridge will be named Craig's Crossing to honour former mayor Doug Craig, who was first elected to council in 1976 and served as the city's mayor from 2000 to October 2018. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

The pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in Cambridge's Galt core will be named Craig's Crossing.

Council voted at general committee Tuesday evening in favour of a recommendation moved by Coun. Frank Monteiro to name the bridge for former mayor Doug Craig.

"This bridge was part of mayor Craig's 'back to the river' initiatives and it was one, also, of his last," Monteiro told his fellow councillors.

He noted the bridge was criticized by people who dubbed it "the bridge to nowhere" but staff have reported more than 200,000 people have crossed the bridge since it opened in May 2018.

"It sure became a hit in no time. Everybody loves the bridge. Everybody goes and crosses it," he said.

He said naming the bridge after Craig a "no brainer."

Bridge wouldn't have been build without Craig

Resident Rande Keffer expressed concern about naming it after Craig, saying the city should seek out the public's input.

"This is not a priority we face as a city. There are much more pressing issues," she said, noting the city is facing problems with homelessness, the opioid crisis and a lack of affordable housing.

Coun. Pam Wolf said she was disappointed there was any controversy over naming the bridge.

"The bridge has become a destination as well as a safe way to cross the river," she said.

"I know the bridge would have never have been built without the leadership and vision of Doug Craig."

The decision will still need to be ratified by council on Jan. 22.

Former Cambridge mayor Doug Craig stands at the top of the Old Post Office and looks over the Grand River during a tour in 2017 while the building was under construction. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

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