03/21/2012 10:43 EDT | Updated 05/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan mayor seeks public's help in getting public bucks for new bridge

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - The mayor of Prince Albert, Sask., is hoping public pressure will spur senior levels of government to build a second bridge in his city.

Jim Scarrow says there was a major economic blow from last year's discovery of a cracked girder in the existing Diefenbaker Bridge, which led to a partial but lengthy traffic closure.

Scarrow is now asking all users of the North Saskatchewan River crossing to rally behind the Build a Second Bridge Campaign.

He points out that a new bridge could help alleviate the situation with Prince Albert's current hazardous goods route, which takes trucks right by schools and residential areas in the heart of the city.

Scarrow says a contractor will be hired to develop a proposal for a new bridge.

The mayor hopes the plan will be in provincial hands by this fall for possible inclusion in next spring's budget. (CJWW)