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Promised Highway 3 bridge replacement under review

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It appears the new provincial government is reviewing yet another promised project of the former NDP government.

Earlier this year, the New Democrats pledged $100 million to replace the current Highway 3 bridge over the Oldman River essentially making that stretch of road six lanes, three in both directions.

However, a statement sent to MyLethbridgeNow.com from UCP Transportation Minister Ric McIver says they intend to honour the NDP’s budgeted infrastructure commitments, subject to advice from the McKinnon panel regarding the province’s fiscal health.

“The Highway 3 bridge was one of several projects that were announced just before the election and not included in the budget, however it will be considered as part of the overall capital planning process”, says McIver.

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The City of Lethbridge had been advocating for the bridge replacement, especially to improve safety for those merging off Bridge Drive onto Highway 3 eastbound.

The McKinnon report is expected to be released in mid-August.

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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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