Prince Edward County is considering asking the province to build a $55 million new Quinte Skyway Bridge.
The Ministry of Transportation is currently considering options for the rehabilitation of the bridge connecting the County to Deseronto and has held a pair of public meetings from both municipalities to get a feel of what residents prefer.
Options range from closing the bridge completely, partially or building a new one adjacent while keeping the existing one open. Each alternative lists construction costs ranging from $40-$45 million, traffic implications and potential detours.
At Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Robert Quaiff said he’s heard from many residents and businesses and they want a new bridge given the potential negative effects on commuting to work, tourism and emergencies.
The mayor said this shows the County has residents’ best interests in mind.
Quaiff admitted many remain skeptical of the multi-million dollar price tag and he thinks they will be able to get the bridge built for much cheaper.
Prior to Thursday’s meeting, Mayor Quaiff sat down with Glenn Higgins of the MTO to discuss the Skyway and plans to rebuild the Norris Whitney Bridge that connects the County to Belleville.
He plans to sit down with Mayor Taso Christopher in the near future to see what his preference is.
Work on the Norris Whitney is expected to start in 2017.
The Skyway Bridge matter will come back to council at its next meeting on October 25.