Government waits for second opinion on Ross River bridge

The government is waiting to hear if the Ross River bridge can be salvaged.

The government is waiting to hear if the Ross River bridge can be salvaged.

An engineering report released earlier this year asserted that the footbridge is beyond saving, and must be demolished.

Under pressure from local residents, the government has hired an engineer to review that report and give an independent opinion.

Community Services Minister Brad Cathers responded this week to a petition calling for the bridge to be saved.

“We thank the Yukoners who have expressed their interest in this bridge and who have expressed their views of the heritage value and value to the community of Ross River of the Ross River suspension bridge.”

The government won’t make any decisions until it gets the second opinion, he said.

“Once that report has been received and given consideration by department staff, we will be sharing that with the community of Ross River, including the Ross River First Nation, prior to making a decision about what steps to take with regard to this bridge.”

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