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Councillors back Helps in push for Johnson Street Bridge audit

Victoria councillors have unanimously endorsed Mayor Lisa Helps’ call for an audit of the $105-million Johnson Street Bridge replacement project.
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The Johnson Street Bridge. Sept. 4, 2018

Victoria councillors have unanimously endorsed Mayor Lisa Helps’ call for an audit of the $105-million Johnson Street Bridge replacement project.

In a report to councillors, Helps recommended council ask the Office of the Auditor General for Local Government to audit the project, which came in three years late and over budget.

Councillors, at Thursday’s committee of the whole meeting, endorsed the recommendation without debate.

Helps said earlier she committed in February to the watchdog group Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria that she would ask council to endorse a call for an independent audit once the bridge was finished.

The bridge, which opened March 31, was originally scheduled to open Sept. 30, 2015. The project cost was estimated at $63 million in 2009.