$1.25 Million dollars in repairs will go ahead this year for the Diefenbaker Bridge in Prince Albert.

The provincial government has agreed to pay the entire cost with the city taking over project management responsibilities.

Since 2011 around $5 million has been paid for Diefenbaker Bridge projects.

“(The bridge) is a critical regional asset that affects not only city residents, but rural municipalities, First Nations, the natural resource sector and tourism traffic in northern Saskatchewan,” said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne. “Through funding like this the provincial government continues to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring the bridge remains in good condition for its remaining service life for all those who use it in northern Saskatchewan.”

Commuters using the bridge during the summer are expected to experience delays during construction.

At this time, no start date has been set for the bridge repairs.