'Smelly lemon' bridge

The time line on the Willow Cale bridge was wrong. The original bridge was under construction in 2012.

September 2016 to March 2017 is also wrong. It would take engineers seven months to figure out where to put the portable outhouses, let alone build a bridge of this magnitude.

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Now the cost for the original bridge is who knows as it was not mentioned. Who OKed the building of this bridge? I must assume it was city council and city engineers. The main problem turned out to be an unstable layer of clay? If I want to add a back porch to my house I am required permits detailing how deep footings will be, width and material I am putting it on.

The main contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and engineers all got pardons for doing a sloppy job. The residents are on the hook for all those costs. Who signed off on building this lemon? Does nobody have to stand up and admit they messed up?

Repairs to this bridge were estimated at $3.7 million but came in at $10.5 million. How can this be - is nobody responsible or accountable? If you go to buy a new car, you and the dealer settle on $30,700, you don't come to pick up your car and now it's $100,500.

The Willow Cale has only businesses on it in city limits. There is not one residential property on it. So why should the residents of Prince George pick up the tab for building and repairs for this very smelly lemon?

Chad Johnson, Prince George

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