The Ottawa Sun reports that the City of Ottawa has postponed its plans to convert the old Prince of Wales railway bridge into a bicycle path.
The Prince of Wales Bridge crosses the Ottawa River, and is located where the pathway that parallels the O Train meets the Ottawa River pathway. The 135 year old structure hasn’t seen railroad traffic in decades (the last regular passenger train crossed the bridge on November 15, 1981).
The city purchased the old bridge in 2005, and converting it into a bicycle crossing became part of the first phase of the Ottawa Cycling Plan in 2013. This meant that the project was supposed to be competed by 2019. Last February, the city even issued an ad (which was quickly retracted) seeking qualified engineers to begin work on the project. Now it seems that a lack of funding means the project is postponed, perhaps indefinitely.