Saskatoon is starting to spend money on a proposed north commuter bridge that could cost $86 million.

Council voted last night to spend $109,488  to hire a local engineering firm. It will be doing land and environmental testing on the proposed site, in the area of Marquis Drive and Central Avenue.

The north commuter bridge, which could be built by 2016, will link the Marquis Industrial area and the University Heights area.

It's supposed to serve as another arterial bridge across the South Saskatchewan River, similar in function to the existing University and Broadway bridges.

Clifton Associates Ltd. has won the contract to do the preliminary work.