Vandals damage Calatrava’s Canadian bridge

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Vandals have caused more than $200,000 in damage to a bridge in Canada designed by Dubai Harbour Creek Tower architect Santiago Calatrava

The Peace Bridge in Calgary opened in 2012, but has seen repeated attacks – with no-one having any idea as to why.

The helical steel pedestrian bridge and spanning the Bow River, was closed for several weeks this summer while a contractor replaced half a dozen cracked panels.

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One cracked because of thermal expansion, the rest were damaged by vandals.

Mac Logan, general manager of transportation for the city said: “On one hand I’m thrilled that the bridge has been as well received and has become such an iconic symbol of our city, and because of that we want to keep it looking its best,” he said.

“(But) it’s very maddening when you see people who intentionally vandalise the bridge. I don’t know why they’re doing it but it’s obvious that it’s intentional damage, it’s not accidental.”

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