Company chosen to look at Okanagan Lake second crossing options

Transportation minister says work will take three years and cost $2 million.

The B.C. government has chosen a consulting firm to look at route options for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced Monday at the B.C. Road Builders’ annual fall conference in Kelowna that Delcan Corporation has won the $2-million contract. He said Delcan will examine the transportation needs of the area and look at potential route options, including preferred locations, for a future second lake crossing as well as potential timing for planning and building a second bridge over Okanagan Lake.

Stone said there will be extensive opportunities for local governments, First Nations and the public to have input in the planning process

The five-lane William R. Bennett Bridge, completed in 2008 and connecting Kelowna and the Westside, is the only existing crossing of the lake. The government says based on extensive traffic analysis, it will suffice as the only crossing until 2033.


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