Belleville could see a second Norris Whitney Bridge over the Bay of Quinte in the near future.
Ministry of Transportation project consultant Neil Ahmed told city council Monday night, plans are in the works for a four lane Norris Whitney bridge.
He said it would actually be two separate bridges, one with two lanes going south and a similar one coming north.
Ahmed made the announcement when briefing council on the province’s plans for widening Highway 401 at the city to six lanes, then eight lanes in the future.
He said structure work will be undertaken on the bridges at Wallbridge-Loyalist, Sidney Street and Highway 62. The study underway will consider a fourth entry at the city’s eastern boundary, near the Northeast Industrial Park.
Members of council indicated it was important to have cycling and pedestrian lanes on the bridges.
Councillor Paul Carr emphasized these lanes are important since the 401 bridges connect the south and north sections of the city.
The Ministry of Transportation will hold a public information session Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Banquet Hall.
Another such session will be held next June when the study report is complete.