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Santiago Calatrava’s iconic Peace Bridge keeps getting vandalized

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The damage is adding up to more than $200,000 in repair costs since 2012

Spanning Bow River in Calgary, Canada, the Santiago Calatrava-designed Peace Bridge was controversial from the start. Locals spoke out in 2008 about the bridge’s $24.5 million construction costs and the fact that it was manufactured overseas in Calatrava’s native Spain. Today, replacing the pedestrian bridge’s fancy glass panels are racking up even more unanticipated costs—to the tune of $200,000.

Vandals damaged five of the transparent glass panels enclosing the bridge’s span. Another panel cracked from thermal expansion. Each replacement panel cost roughly $22,000 in addition to the cost of a special custom crane needed to execute the repairs. At least eight of the panels have needed to be replaced since 2012.

“(I)t’s very maddening when you see people who intentionally vandalize the bridge," Mac Logan, the city’s general manager for transportation, tells the Calgary Sun. "I don’t know why they’re doing it but it’s obvious that it’s intentional damage, it’s not accidental."

In case that extra $200K in repairs didn’t already have Calgarians clutching their pearls, those costs are in addition to the $700,000 needed to install 300 LED lights that will replace the bridge’s original lights, which apparently can’t hold up to Calgary’s harsh winters.

Via: Calgary Sun