The Highway 3 bridge over the Oldman River will become a six lane stretch of road after the province announced $100 million for a new bridge on Friday.
Lethbridge is getting a new bridge along eastbound Highway 3, replacing the current bridge over the Oldman River.
Provincial Transportation Minister Brian Mason was in the city Friday (Mar. 15) to make the announcement.
He says this $100 million commitment from the province puts safety first while ensuring Lethbridge commuters spend less time in traffic. This will essentially turn that stretch of heavily-used highway into six lanes.
Last year, some improvements were made to the old bridge for the short-term.
The new bridge has been something Lethbridge Mayor and Council have has been advocating for, for a while now especially to improve safety for those people merging off Bridge Drive. Spearman notes with safety top of mind, this announcement is great news.
The new bridge construction will create 308 direct and 221 indirect jobs.
Right now, it's estimated 34,000 vehicle cross the river using Highway 3 on a daily basis.
The project is still a couple of years away however. If all work out, the plan is to have work start in 2022.