Province hires new contractor for bridge

Alberta Transportation officials say Medicine Hat’s Trans-Canada bridge will be completed next year and no additional costs will be borne by taxpayers.

MEDICINE HAT — Alberta Transportation officials say Medicine Hat’s Trans-Canada bridge will be completed next year and no additional costs will be borne by taxpayers.

The original contractor, USL ConCreate, left the site in early May after its parent company, Triwest, was forced into receivership two months earlier.

Martin Dupuis of Alberta Transportation says a new deal has been signed with Horseshoe Hill Construction.

But Medicine Hat Mayor Norm Boucher say the city has some concerns about the project.

He wants to know if the new company will rely on the previous contractor’s work being up to par.

If it’s not, he says, that means going back to square one. Dupuis says the original cost of $19 million stands and says the project is still expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.