The provincial government says a feasibility study on a bridge to Gabriola Island has revealed that it’s technically possible, but it wouldn’t be a cost-effective alternative to the existing ferry.

The study says a bridge would cost anywhere from $258 to $520 million dollars.

Nanaimo-North Cowichan NDP MLA Doug Routley says he’s not surprised by the findings, and he believes the study was just a distraction technique.

Routley says the feasibility study itself cost around $200,000, and he believes the province owes Gabriola residents an apology for squandering that money.

To full Gabriola Island Fixed Link Feasibility Study, commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation, is available online.