WINNIPEG — The Province of Manitoba has named a new bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway after one of its former premiers.
The Trans-Canada Highway bridge over the Assiniboine River in the Rural Municipality of St. Francois Xavier will be named Sterling Lyon Bridge.
Lyon served as an MLA from 1958 to 1969 and from 1976 to 1986.
He acted in a number of cabinet positions including as the province’s attorney general before being elected as premier in 1977. Lyon was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal in 1986 and served there until retirement in 2002.
“Recognizing and celebrating the history of Manitoba and the people who have contributed to building our province is a priority we share with Manitobans,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister in a statement.
“Former premier Sterling Lyon served our province admirably and this tribute is befitting of the work he did to build the Manitoba we have today.”
The Sterling Lyon Bridge, which opened to traffic earlier this fall, consists of two structures, one eastbound and one westbound crossing the Assiniboine River. The new bridge is wider and longer than the previous bridge, which was built in 1965.
“The number one highway bridge between Winnipeg and his beloved hometown of Portage la Prairie was a well-travelled one for Dad and he would be thrilled with this honour,” said Lyon’s eldest daughter Nancy Matthews.