Planning looks at second bridge

The process for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake is about to turn to the public for input.

The provincial study that includes looking at options for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake is about to turn to the public for input.

Ministry of Transportation district manager Murray Tekano says that with the initial assessment work now nearly done by the technical planning committee, inclusion of the community planning committee can start.

That work will include a public open house “very soon” to show the public what the technical committee has learned and to gather public input.

The two-year, $2 million study, which is looking at transportation issues between Lake Country and Peachland includes, but is not limited to, identifying a corridor for, and a location of, a second crossing.

Tekano did not give specifics about corridor or crossing locations but said both should be identified by the time the study wraps up in 2017.

But, he added, even then it would likely be years before a second crossing would be built.

When the current W.R. Bennett Bridge was built in 2008, the province estimated a second crossing would not be needed for 20 years. That would put it at 2028, just 13 years from now.