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Security on the Prince of Wales Bridge has been flagged at Transport Canada, which in 2015 brought up concerns about safety with the city. The city was prepared to install heavy-duty barricades at each bridge opening between Ottawa and Gatineau, but, when the cost estimate for that neared $500,000, the city decided on fencing.
Contract security workers were hired at one point to guard the bridge openings from trespassers.
As police searched land and water for the boy Saturday, the city sent a crew to the bridge site to have a look.
“We are aware of the tragic incident that occurred (Friday) night at the Prince of Wales Bridge,” Kevin Wylie, the city’s general manager of public works and environmental services, said in a written statement. “Our hearts are with the family of the missing boy as the investigation and the search continue. Staff were headed to the site (Saturday) afternoon to examine the area. We await further details about the incident from Ottawa Police Service.”
The bridge is being eyed for an interprovincial pedestrian and cycling path since it’s no longer considered the preferred primary option to connect public transit systems in Ottawa and Gatineau. Turning the bridge into a path would cost about $10 million, and both cities hope the federal government will help pay for it.