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Public Input Sought for Ste. Agathe Bridge Improvements

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The Louis Riel Bridge in Ste. Agathe.

For the next two weeks, the provincial government will be embarking on an online engagement survey to hear directly from the public about what they think should be done to improve the Louis Riel Bridge, which crosses the Red River at Ste. Agathe.

The Louis Riel Bridge is showing its age. Originally constructed in 1959, the bridge has been in continuous operation for more than 60 years and is sorely in need of improvements.

In addition to providing access to Ste. Agathe, the bridge allows commuters from the west side of the river to reach Highway 75, a common route for those driving south towards the U.S. border.

“The bridge requires action to maintain serviceability over the next 40 years,” reads a statement on the government’s website.

According to local MLA Ron Schuler, who is also the Minister of Infrastructure, the province already initiated a preliminary design study to come up with a range of options for what to do about the bridge.

“The purpose of this preliminary design study is to develop and evaluate bridge rehabilitation alternatives,” the website notes. “Following this investigation, a preferred alternative will be identified based on socioeconomic (public impact) factors, regulatory approvals and technical factors including initial costs, life cycle costs and design constraints. The goal of the design is to maintain a safe, long-term crossing while also balancing the interests of the stakeholders in the area.”

To make sure your voice is heard, you can fill out the online survey. The survey will be open until May 13 and take approximately five minutes to complete.

For more information

Access the online survey here: https://engagemb.ca/red-river-...

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