Niagara Region Calls For Police Probe Of Gigantic Cost Over-Runs For Burgoyne Bridge

A Brief by Doug Draper

Posted May 23rd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Niagara’s regional council is calling on the Ontario Provincial Police and RCMP to luanch an investigation to determine if anything criminal accounts for gigantic cost over-runs attached to the rebuilding of the Burgone Bridge in St. Catharines.

Work continues on the deck of the Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines, Niagara. Photo by Doug Draper

Work continues on the deck of the Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines, Niagara. Photo by Doug Draper

At a May 19th meeting, much of which was held behind closed doors, regional councillors also approved doing forensic audit on the bridge rebuilding project and launching an independent probe into “potential fiduciary impropriety” committed around the project by an “individual” inside regional government.

The cost of rebuilding the old bridge, connecting St. Paul Street in St. Catharines over Twelve Mile Creek and a stretch of Highway 406 running to and from the QEW, has soared from an estimated $59 million to more than $90 million and counting.

The provincial government has chipped in a portion of the reconstruction costs but most of them – at least for now – will be covered by Niagara taxpayers.

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One response to “Niagara Region Calls For Police Probe Of Gigantic Cost Over-Runs For Burgoyne Bridge

  1. During construction of a tremendously large steel mill project at Dofasco, a project I was personally involved with, meetings took place on a regular basis (Daily), meetings that discussed the progress, the delays if any and the overall cost of the project….Therefore I cannot for the life of me understand how this Burgoyne Bridge project costing got so far out of control and the Regional Administration seemingly allowed this to happen without the Regional Council and the Regional Taxpayers being alerted immediately when evidence presented it self???? That is the role of the Regional Engineering assigned to this project??? Where were they????

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