Committee considers bridge options

The international bridge committee sat down for its first meeting here Tuesday night to consider various options.
The committee–made up of three Fort Frances council reps, three International Falls council reps, and three citizens from each community–spent more than an hour at the Civic Centre priorizing and discussing several scenarios to ease bridge congestion and address toll issues.
Among the suggestions were to continue looking into the feasibility of a new, publicly-owned bridge by sounding out state, provincial, and federal funding while also looking into ways to expedite traffic flow over the current bridge.
“I just think this is a great opportunity,” noted International Falls Coun. Brian Briggs. “I consider when I shop in Fort Frances shopping locally.”
“What’s good for us is good for you,” added Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon.
The committee will meet again Aug. 21 to discuss responses from other levels of government and to continue to study the options for the bridge.