The city of Lethbridge will be getting a new bridge — but not a third bridge.
Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason made the announcement Friday morning at Lethbridge City Hall that his government would be spending $100 million to replace the existing bridge across Highway 3 by 2022.
“Our government is committed to building strong, sustainable infrastructure across the province,” said Mason. “This new long-awaited bridge puts safety first while ensuring Lethbridge commuters spend less time in traffic and more time with their family and community.”
However, the first question Mason was asked in the media scrum following his announcement was whether or not the province would also consider funding a third bridge for the city.
“The Highway 3 bridge is on a provincial highway and is a provincial bridge,” stated Mason. “When a third bridge is constructed it will be a City bridge, and will be the responsibility of the City.”
Mason did not rule out the province advancing some seed money for a third bridge when and if the City is ready to go forward with its own construction plans, but stated that would not be considered until after his government is re-elected for another term.
Helping with drivers’ learning
Studying for the learner’s licence knowledge test can be an overwhelming experience, needing to learn everything inside the 100-page Driver’s Guide.
The Chinook Arch Regional Library System is helping those preparing for their learner’s to study in an easier and less stressful way. The Learn 2 Drive (L2D) Learner’s Licence Prep Kit is a collection of study cards that have condensed the Driver’s Guide into smaller and more manageable units of information. To meet the community demand for coming drivers, the library system has added 25 more kits to borrow.
“Our member libraries are constantly trying to meet the needs in the community, and one of our purposes is to help them do that,” says Lisa Weekes, manager of partnerships and community development at Chinook Arch. “The 25 additional kits will improve access for library users across southwest Alberta.”
The kits include a USB drive with relevant information, flashcards, traffic tiles, small vehicle tiles, traffic signs, and more. The hands-on approach is geared towards helping students and adults learn the important, and necessary information for passing the learner’s test and become safe drivers.
Hometown Hockey visits
Coming along with the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Championships to host a weekend full of events was the Rogers Hometown Hockey, which hosted a variety of hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances and more.
The Rogers Hometown Hockey event is a travelling show that changes to feature the local history of hockey within the community. Along with taking in the action-filled games from the championships, people spent their time between games getting jerseys singed by Curtis Glencross and Glenn Anderson, taking in live music from Drew Gregory and Mariya Stokes, or playing with all of the interactive games.
For the kids taking in some of the action, they were able to burn through some energy with a wide range of activities such as shooting accuracy games, PS4 systems with hockey games, interactive play sets, and a relay race obstacle course. Hometown Hockey brought in local guests such as Rich and Duane Sutter and the On the Bench guys. Before the last game, people were able to watch the pre-game show live with Ron Maclean and Lisa Bowes, as well as take in a personal presentation to the parents of Logan Boulet to celebrate his life and the legacy he left.
Ice rescue skills tuned up
They’ve rescued dogs, deer — even a horse!
But it’s city residents who worry Lethbridge rescue teams the most, if they venture onto unsafe ice on the city’s lakes and ponds.
With spring in the air, ice conditions at local lakes are deteriorating. So officials warn end-of-winter weeks are when many ice emergencies happen.
Adventurous dogs are often involved, reports rescue trainer Brendon Pyne. They fall through a soft spot on the ice — and without thinking, some owners run out to rescue them. Don’t risk your life, Pyne warns. Call 911 and a rescue team will be there.
“We’ve got the gear to do it,” he explained Friday, as local firefighters fine-tuned their rescue skills at Henderson Lake. Their protective clothing is designed to handle temperatures as low as -50 C.