Pedestrian tunnel opens in Charlottetown

The pedestrian tunnel under Grafton Street in downtown Charlottetown opened today.

A pedestrian tunnel opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Charlottetown Wednesday.

The pedway runs underneath Grafton Street between the Confederation Centre of the Arts and the Confederation Court Mall, and new Holman Hotel. The pedway allows people to walk from the centre to the new hotel and mall without going outside.

Minister of Tourism Robert Vessey said the pedway more conveniently connects pedestrians to the area’s attractions in any weather.

"Even in summer you’re connected underneath," he said. "It could be raining some evening. Or just to walk through to the Confed Centre, or go to Mavors to have lunch or supper, or to come over after the show to shop in our locations."

Construction on the project closed Grafton Street for much of the spring, and cost $2.1 million.

The federal Building Canada Fund and the provincial Build PEI initiative each invested $525,000. The owner of the hotel, Richard Homburg, paid a million.