Bridge enthusiasm seems to me to be, essentially, unimaginatively traditional. What do you do when you want better access to the greater community? Why, build a bigger road! Except, wait, we’re on an island. Limited resources, fragile environment… our existing roads, the really good ones, the main arteries linking north and south, are barely two lanes of tarmac, pitted and patched. A good percentage of the rest are rutted gravel and dirt. Our provincial government thinks Texada sludge is good enough for ongoing maintenance of these.
Now let’s add the increased traffic a bridge would bring. (And it would, that’s why you build bridges.) Isn’t that a happy mental picture?