Letter: Other essential services needed

I question the priority of a second pedestrian crossing over the river to the tune of $1.2 million, writes Ken Schroeder.

I would like to comment on our RDKB representative Grace McGregor’s bid for a pedestrian bridge at Christina Lake.

While I praise Ms. McGregor for her efforts and agree the bridge would be a welcome improvement for the community, I question its priority over essential services we need at Christina Lake.

I have been crossing the existing bridge manway by foot and bicycle since it was built in 1962. I agree it could have been a foot or two wider, but point out that it is quite functional and has been for 53 years.

Meanwhile, over the past several decades, with new subdivisions created in the community, we still have poor street lighting (if any); no boulevard ditching, culverting and curbing along with roads and streets’ asphalt in need of repair.

I understand grant money might not be available for some of these upgrades but question the priority of a second pedestrian crossing over the river to the tune of $1.2 million, if the grants could be used for other options.

– Ken Schroeder, Christina Lake