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Third bridge question may be on October 18th civic election ballot

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge residents might have a say on whether or not a possible third river crossing should be a priority for City Council.

Councillors will discuss on Tuesday afternoon (July 27) if that question should be on the ballot during this fall’s civic election.

The topic of a third bridge has been something that’s been talked about for years in Lethbridge, a project that would also cost a pretty penny.

An official business resolution on the agenda states proposing this question: “Do you agree that city council should approve plans to construct a 3rd bridge prior to 2030 as a municipal capital project priority?”

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The cost of a third bridge, previously referred to as Chinook Trail Crossing, would more than likely be in excess of $150 million. As part of the current ten year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), $4 million was approved in 2027 for design work.

The CIP document states, “by completing this project, this would provide the preliminary design for a third river crossing from Scenic Drive South to University Drive West tying into existing arterial roadways.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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