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.

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.

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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.

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