By Letter to the Editor on May 17, 2018.
In response to the person who roasted “all of the crybabies on the westside that want a third bridge.” (May 7 Herald)
Yes, we knew there were only two bridges when we bought our home on the westside; however, we had the foresight to go to city hall to check out future plans for the westside … which included a third bridge! That was almost 30 years ago.
But wait … it goes back even further – “The Urbanization of West Lethbridge” document dated April 1969, page 42 and 43, which addresses the merits of two new river crossings – the first one (which is now Whoop-Up Drive) was to meet the inter-urban traffic demands and link between West Lethbridge and the Central Business District. The second crossing was recommended to be located opposite 24 Avenue South, designed as a part of the ring road highway system connecting directly with the major Highways 4 and 5 on the east bank and 3 and 25 on the west … (see “Study of Cross-River Road System”) prepared by Stanley Associates Engineering Limited in January 1969.
A third bridge is an absolute necessity, not just a whim or a westside exclusive. Safety and security is a major issue here, especially in the event of a disaster requiring evacuation.
For you to suggest westside residents be taxed extra, it is noteworthy to mention that we already are – enough said! And, by the way, the university, Oldman River Observatory, Paradise Canyon Golf Course, Nicholas Sheran Park and Leisure Centre, the ATB Centre, the new Aquatic Centre (all on the westside) are for all residents (as would be a third bridge!). So perhaps if you happen to use any of these amenities, you should pay a toll/levy because you don’t live on the westside? Silly? Of course it is! Just as silly as your notion that westside residents should pay for the bridge!
The bottom line is that a third bridge is needed and long overdue. It will benefit all residents. It’s called growth and progress. In the bigger picture, I would also like to see a fourth bridge connecting north Lethbridge to Highway 25 and 3.
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