The B.C. government is inviting stakeholders with technical interests in the Taylor Bridge on Highway 97 to apply to be a part of a new group that will discuss options for a long-term solution for the crossing.
The bridge stakeholder group will provide technical input on industrial road use, municipal infrastructure plans, utility services and other considerations as options for the bridge are developed.
“It’s important that we hear directly from residents, First Nations and local governments, industrial bridge users and others, as we plan for the future of the Taylor Bridge,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “A safe and reliable highway network is essential for industry, businesses and residents, and for the prosperity of the communities in the Peace.”
Applications for positions in the stakeholder group will be accepted from July 14-30, 2021. Applicants are required to have technical interests in the bridge. To learn more and apply, visit: gov.bc.ca/taylorbridgecrossing
The group will be chaired by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s northern regional office. The group is expected to have up to eight members, including municipal planners and engineers, representatives from the oil and gas industry, forestry and mining industries, emergency services, transit and transportation, and utility services. The ministry is also working directly with Treaty 8 First Nations with rights and interests in the area.
Later this summer, local community members will have an opportunity to contribute non-technical feedback on the future of the Taylor Bridge through a series of open houses. Details on the plans and locations for the open houses will be given closer to the time.
Taylor Bridge serves approximately 7,500 crossings of the Peace River every day, with 30% being commercial-vehicle traffic. The bridge is an important connection in the provincial economy, with 50% of the province’s over-weight and over-width traffic travelling through the Peace region. The 61-year old bridge is maintained for safety throughout the year.
When considering a long-term solution, the ministry will consider several factors, including First Nations rights and interests, current and future travel patterns, financial analysis, engineering and geotechnical requirements, utility service constraints and environmental and climate change considerations.