Residents ponder future of Shippagan-Lameque bridge

Residents of the Acadian Peninsula are beginning to wonder if they'll ever get a new bridge joining Shippagan and Lameque.

The condition of the bridge, which was built in the 1950s, has deteriorated to the point some residents feel unsafe using it.

During the last provincial election, Deputy Premier and Shippagan-Lameque-Miscou PC MLA Robert Gauvin had promised work would begin within six months if the Tories won.

In December, Premier Blaine Higgs said the structure wouldn't necessarily be replaced by a new bridge.

But Radio-Canada reports Gauvin as saying that the replacement process would get underway this summer and that construction would hopefully begin in 2021.

Gauvin says the project isn't a promise, but a priority.

(with files from ICI Radio-Canada)