LETHBRIDGE - The official grand opening of Scenic Drive North was celebrated on
Several dignitaries including Mayor Chris Spearman,
Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver, MP Jim Hillyer, MLA's Greg Weadick and Bridget Pastoor, and former Mayors Bob Tarleck and Rajko Dodic were on hand for
the ribbon cutting.
The $20-million project includes a new pedestrian
underpass with mining artwork and a new road to Softball Valley and the
Waste Water Treatment Plant.
The project didn't cost the City of Lethbridge anything, with $17-million
coming from the province and the other $3-million from the federal
Spearman says "it's a very effective route to get people from north
Lethbridge into downtown and to connect to south Lethbridge and west
McIver touched on how the new roadway and pedestrian underpass will make
things safer. He says "you've got a fairly high speed road here, in a part of
the city that's well used, it's going to cut down commute time and is going to separate pedestrians from vehicular traffic and that's a big positive. Obviously
the safety of everybody, but particularly the children of Lethbridge, is
something that we all need to take seriously and we're very proud to of played a
role in improving that."