Taylor Bridge Crossing
Taylor Bridge spans the Peace River on Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, near the community of Taylor. Engineering work has begun to identify options for a long-term solution for the aging bridge that will serve the region for decades to come.
Last reviewed: July 18, 2023
The development of options will also consider:
- First Nations rights and interests
- Current and future travel patterns
- Financial analysis
- Engineering and geotechnical requirements
- Utility service constraints
- Environment and climate change
Built in 1960, the Taylor Bridge is a critical link over the Peace River between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. It is 712 metres long. Current traffic volume on Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John is approximately 7,500 vehicles per day, 30 per cent of which is commercial vehicle traffic carrying goods throughout the Peace region and into the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska.
Engineering investigations are currently underway.
The project has completed the second phase of engagement. From August 9 to September 30, 2022, the public was invited to provide input on the concepts for the future of the bridge. The concepts built on what we heard in phase one engagement, extensive technical investigations, and consultation with Treaty 8 First Nations.
Participation was through an online engagement that allowed the public to compare the current bridge with concepts for renewal or replacement, and provide their feedback through a survey. Public can visit the online engagement site to learn more about the two phases of public engagement and see the five concepts that were shared.
A Taylor Bridge Bridge User Group has been established to provide input on industrial road use, technical interests, municipal infrastructure plans, and other considerations as concepts for the long-term solution are developed. Following the public application process, Bridge User Group members from industry, local government, and other interests worked together with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to provide detailed input throughout the project and planning and development stages.
This is part of ongoing geotechnical investigative work that has been underway since Spring 2021 for the future of the Taylor Bridge Project.