Premier Christy Clark is making good on another election promise: initiating local discussions on a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.
"I have instructed Todd Stone (transportation minister) to make sure that he is meeting with Mayor Walter Gray and with Mayor Doug Findlater about a second crossing," Clark said this week.
"I said when I ran in the byelection that we wanted to get on with that and that we were going to start a process of meetings in September so we could begin the consultation.
"Todd is going to start that outreach with the mayors to make sure that we can get on with
it because it is going to take some time to get there."
The timing of those discussions will depend on when both mayors are available, she said, but she expects Stone will make the initial overture this week.
"I want to get on with that consultation. It could take a while to get it right. The people of Kelowna and West Kelowna need a second crossing."
One reporter noted Transportation Ministry officials admitted when construction of the Bennett Bridge started in 2005 that the nearly-50-year-old original floating bridge - three-laned in the 1980s - had reached its capacity by 1991.
Clark responded that's why it is important to start discussions on a second crossing now.
During her campaign leading up to the July 10 byelection in the riding of Westside-Kelowna, Clark promised a start on those discussions as well as improvements to Westside Road and developing a Westside health centre.