New bridge proposed for Lake Okanagan

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KELOWNA, B.C. — The Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association (OMMA) is assuring drivers that there will be no tolls attached to a new bridge across Lake Okanagan.

In a recent meeting with transport minister, Judith Reid, OMMA president Ron Cannan says he was told the province is taking a close look at replacing the aging and well-travelled bridge across Lake Okanagan. He says he was also assured there would be no tolls.

"She wants to provide a bridge to our region without (us) paying tolls," Cannan tells local media.

Reid is currently working on a transportation plan that will include details on tolling as well as new projects to be given the green light. The bridge is expected to be on that list. The Westbank First Nation recently submitted a $200-million proposal for a five-lane bridge and Reid is reportedly considering the proposal.

The Westbank First Nation Band owns land that’s close to the bridge.

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