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Problems With The Strait Crossing FIXED LINKMuch to Marine Atlantic s disappointment the one hour ferry service from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island is being eliminated by a ten minute drive across one of the most impressive structures in North America Confederation Bridge is scheduled to be completed by May 31st 1997 just 44 months after construction began The bridge has been one of the most controversial topics in Atlantic Canada over the last three years Questions including Will it harm the Northumberland Strait ecosystem and Wouldn t it be safer if it was under the water have surfaced since construction began in 1993 When the bridge opens on May 31st 1997 600 employees of Marine Atlantic become unemployed This did not stand in the government s way when they decided to build a fixed-link from Cape Tormentine New Brunswick to Borden Prince Edward Island They went through with the project for several reasons which include the fact that a fixed-link was promised to PEI when it was lured into confederation back in 1873 and the fact that the voyage from New Brunswick to Borden would only take ten minutes rather than an hour The tourism industry of PEI will experience a tremendous boom when the bridge opens for two reasons tourists will be more apt to come to PEI if the travel time is decreased and the bridge itself has become a tourist attraction Tourist flocked to the bridge s construction site over the past two summers in such great numbers that the bridge builders contracted out the task of handling the tourists to a local company On a busy day there could be in excess of one thousand tourists visiting the construction site The numbers will increase dramatically when tourists will actually be able to cross the bridge The bridge has other advantages including the elimination of sea-sickness the view from 64 meters above the ocean is quite extraordinary compared to the
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