The Lac La Ronge Indian Band officially opened a new bridge on the Little Red River Reserve Tuesday.

LLRIB Chief Tammy Cook-Searson says the new bridge will make it easier for residents to get in and out of the community.

“When the old bridge was decommissioned, a lot of people had to make routes, detours, that took about 45 (minutes) to an hour out of their regular schedule,” she says.

Cook-Searson says the band is also pleased with the quick turnaround time in which the bridge was built.

She says it only took about a year since the old bridge was decommissioned, federal money obtained and a new bridge was constructed.

A similar bridge for the Sucker River Reserve took about 11 years to get built.

The new bridge is expected to last about 50 years.

A number of local and band dignitaries were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremonies.

Little Red River is the southern-most reserve of the LLRIB, about 40 kilometres north of Prince Albert.

The idea for a new bridge originally came from a former band councillor, the late Richard Halkett.

Elder Hilliard Merasty oversaw the ribbon cutting ceremony.

A community feast followed the ribbon cutting.


(Photo: Elder Hilliard Merasty (left) and LLRIB Chief Tammy Cook-Searson (right) cut the ribbon for a new bridge at the Little Red River Reserve, courtesy of Abel Charles)