Its one less obstacle to worry about in the Niska Road Bridge reconstruction project.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has ruled that the city will NOT require a higher level of environmental assessment to move forward with road work and replacement of the bridge.
After council originally approved the project in December 2015, the city has had to put their plans on hold while they awaited a final verdict from the province.
The bridge was closed at the end of February due to safety concerns of further deterioration from high spring water levels. It will remain closed until construction of the new bridge is complete in 2019.
Total costs of the road and bridge are estimated at around 4.5 million dollars. The city plans to share a proposed design this fall.
Check the city’s website for more information about the Niska Road environmental assessments and the plans for the bridge and road.