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Taylor Bridge? Peace River Bridge? What’s in a name?

“I mean, come on."
Welding and repairs on the Taylor Bridge, south of Fort St. John,

Colloquial names become part of the lexicon. This week after a story about cleaning of the ‘Taylor Bridge’ the Alaska Highway News received a letter from a road maintenance business.

“We are being informed by the general public and road users of Hwy 97 that the Alaska Highway News knows very little about our region as the Alaska Highway newsroom is constantly reporting on Maintenance on the Taylor Bridge.” they write.

“Yet there is no Taylor Bridge but there is a Peace River Bridge in Taylor. It is misleading the public of the region the traveling public at large and it would be appreciated if the Alaska Highway News reported the news to prevent constant calls from the public.”

“I mean, come on,” says Peace River North MLA Dan Davies.

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier concurs, noting with small exception of the odd unaware tourist – calling it the Peace River Bridge makes little sense.

“I strongly think Taylor Bridge is the name to go with to not confuse people,” he says, adding ‘Peace River’ bridge would be confusing with the bridge in Peace River, Alberta.

What do you think, readers?

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