Montreal

Park-Ex residents want aging footbridge demolished

People in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood are worried about a closed and deteriorating pedestrian overpass and are calling on the city to tear it down.
This pedestrian overpass in Park Extension has been closed for several years and residents want it torn down. (Jay Turnbull/CBC)

People in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood are worried about a closed and deteriorating pedestrian overpass and are calling on the city to tear it down.

The footbridge on Saint-Roch Street was built in 1966. The city closed it nearly five years ago.

Since then it has continued to deteriorate. Rust is visible on the structure's reinforcement bars and in some areas large chunks of concrete have broken off.

The overpass connects Park Extension to Jarry Park, over a set of railroad tracks.

The footbridge is next to an elementary school, and parents and teachers say they often warn children not to play near it.

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