The Johnson Street Bridge (Mars Romer Photography / Instagram)

The B.C. Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) announced Friday that an audit into the City of Victoria’s spending on the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project will not be completed.

The audit was proposed by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in 2018 and backed by city council after the completion of the project took three years longer than expected and cost just over $105 million—a far cry from the project’s original $62.9 million budget.

The proposal was approved by the AGLG in February 2020.

However in a statement released Friday, the authority announced that they will not be completing the capital project management performance audit of the City of Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge replacement project.

“The completion of the City of Victoria audit has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads the statement from the AGLG.

“Provincial health officer travel and other health directives have restricted the AGLG’s ability to complete the audit using its normal audit procedures.”

The office is also slated to close in 2021 and will not be able to complete the audit before then.

The AGLG serves 190 local governments in BC, offering advice to local governments to help them deliver their services more efficiently, effectively, and economically.

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