The town of Lethbridge is testing the waters on a brand new bridge, asking voters in the event that they suppose council ought to approve plans to assemble a 3rd bridge to the west aspect of town earlier than 2030.
An estimate from town places the price of the mission as excessive as $200 million, most of which – if not all – would possible have to return from the municipality.
“Presently, the supply of capital from provincial and federal governments is drying up,” outgoing mayor Chris Spearman stated.
“Given our visitors volumes, we might not be capable to entice funding from different orders of presidency, which might imply that burden will fall on municipal taxpayers.”
That burden can be a municipal tax improve of roughly 9 to 11 per cent, in line with a metropolis estimate.
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“We’re going to must be very cautious when it comes to prioritizing our capital initiatives and we’ll must concentrate on persevering with to keep up the present property that we’ve got,” Spearman stated.
Estimated annual upkeep prices on the bridge complete $190,000 a yr, which embrace road sweeping, snow removing and future overlay prices.
These in favour of a 3rd river crossing have cited visitors congestion, a rising west aspect and security issues as causes to start the mission.
The outcomes of the bridge vote are usually not binding, however can be useful for the brand new metropolis council to gauge residents’ ideas on the mission.
In response to the newest Lethbridge census from 2019, nearly 41,000 residents — or 41 per cent of the complete municipal inhabitants — reside on the west aspect of the Oldman River.
For the reason that inhabitants progress information for the west aspect was first included in 1972, west Lethbridge has continued to guide the areas of town in inhabitants proportion improve.
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