Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen brought forward an official business motion to City Council on Tuesday asking members to vote to have him send letters to the province and federal government asking for funding for a functional planning study and a preliminary design for a proposed third bridge for our city.
It would be located across the Chinook Trail River Crossing. Council voted 5-3 in favour of Hyggen’s motion.
“I know that there’s funding that is available, not that we are going to get it with how prosperous lately with some of these cash flows from the surplus that have come from a provincial point of view. And so I’m going to be going up to the budget here next week. I do want to take this in hand up to- in person to deliver this. And it’s not that they’re going to turn around and give the dollars right now. We know that this is going to take some time, but it just gets it on the table of those that we hope will have the funding available,” said Mayor Blaine Hyggen.
During the 2021 Lethbridge municipal election, just over 60 per cent of voters said they would like our city to construct a third bridge before 2030.
Last year, the City of Lethbridge said that the proposed cost for a bridge along the Chinook Trail River Crossing could have an estimated value of $190 million.