The Telegraph Journal has been doing a "streeter" series where they ask people "Should a bridge be built from Gondola Point to the Kingston Peninsula?"
The answers are varied, and based on the respondents experience of the Kingston Peninsula and commuting.
The question brings up two thoughts for me. First, I wonder if Gondola Point to the Kingston Peninsula would be the best place for the bridge. Not being an engineer it's hard to know, but I assume that the best place for a ferry crossing might not always be the best place for a bridge span.
Second, on a more personal level, I don't support the idea of a bridge linking the populous suburban Quispamsis to the rural Kingston Peninsula. The Greater Saint John area should offer a variety of lifestyle choices: urban lifestyles in the city, suburban lifestyles in parts of the city, Rothesay, Quispamsis and Grand Bay and more rural lifestyles in St. Martins, Mispec and on the Kingston Peninsula. I am someone who lives in the city and often bikes to the peninsula in the summer (almost bi-weekly) to shop at the Kingston Market and visit my grandparents cottage in Erb's Cove. I like the fact that an area so close to the city has a buffer that keeps massive suburban subdivisions away.
A developer is proposing the first subdivision for the peninsula and expects opposition. The developer said to KV Style that a bridge is inevitable if subdivisions like his succeed. I expect that there will be some difficulty in selling his subdivision if such a bridge doesn't exist.
Plus, practically speaking, a bridge might make commuting easier, but the up front costs would be high.