The Ministry of Transportation says stakeholders with interests in the Taylor Bridge can 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, the ministry announced Thursday.
"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 Minister Rob Fleming. "A safe and reliable highway network is essential for industry, businesses and residents, and for the prosperity of the communities in the Peace."
The bridge stakeholder group will be chaired by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's northern regional office, and will have up to eight members, including municipal planners and engineers, representatives from the oil and gas, forestry and mining industries, as well as emergency services, transit and transportation, and utility services.
Residents will have an opportunity to give non-technical feedback on the future of the bridge through a series of open houses later this summer. More details on the open houses will be forthcoming, the ministry said.
"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," the ministry said.
Applications for positions in the stakeholder group will be accepted from July 14 to 30, and the province says applicants are required to have technical interests in the bridge.
To learn more, visit gov.bc.ca/taylorbridgecrossing.
Taylor Bridge sees about 7,500 crossings of the Peace River every day, with 30% being commercial-vehicle traffic, according to the ministry.
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.
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