The million dollar Bridge of Dreams has become a well-known landmark to Princeton since its completion in 2010. Its grand opening celebration on April 15 of 2010 was the beginning of what most hope will be a long run of publicity for the bridge, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Trans Canada Trail and for Princeton. It has been featured in national and international websites, magazines and online social media.
The bare concrete piers that the bridge was placed on once held the train trestle that connected two different branch lines. After a long and determined search for grant monies then, Vermilion Trails Society president Judy Short was thrilled when the grant writing paid off in a big way and the members were able to announce the news that the Tulameen River would again have a crossing over those same piers. Once the grant money was secured, VTS decided to go with a B.C. firm. StructureCraft was chosen. At the time StructureCraft had already been hired to build the roof on the Richmond Oval. This project was another highly visible feat that the firm completed with flying colours.
The Bridge of Dreams is not for trains these days, but has become a popular destination for hikers and cyclists through town. The architecture welcomes visitors for a rest. It is a highlight of the town and has far surpassed expectations. Along with the bridge’s completion has come a burst of awards and attention. StructureCraft won the “2011 Wood Works!” B.C. award for best Engineer 2011 – Gerald Epp.The bridge was featured in the spring issue of Wood Design and Building, on the Trans Canada website, on the Trails B.C. website, on the Green Architecture and Building report out of Oregon and in Western Living magazine. The bridge is also a feature in Dana Meise’s “The Great Hike” ongoing You Tube blog about his trip along the Trans Canada Trail from coast to coast across Canada.