TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser is worried that the recent floods in southern B.C. last year will mean less attention on the future of the Taylor Bridge.

While the topic of the Taylor Bridge isn’t new, Mayor Fraser says he hasn’t heard any updates from the province since October.

“We haven’t spoken to the committee since the beginning of October through the public input sessions,” said Fraser. “Of course, they had many floods and environmental disasters happening in the south, and that worries us a little bit from the perspective of the Taylor Bridge.”

Fraser says they have been trying to shift the rhetoric away from just a bridge crossing.

“The bridge is only part of the whole Peace Valley crossing. We tried to change the rhetoric from just the bridge to the entire crossing, four-laning through Taylor, making sure that South Taylor Hill stays in place, but the bridge is the biggest piece of it.

Fraser is eagerly awaiting the results of a public consultation to determine what the next step is. The online public engagement survey was used by 2,200 visitors and received 800 feedback forms between October 5th to November 15th.

“Do you fix this one? Do you put a completely new one in? They’re going to come back to us with what they heard in the public consultation, we hope, in the spring.”

The Province also spoke with a bridge user group of 11 participants, comprised of local government and industry representatives, including two directors from the PRRD.

Fraser says they’ve always been resistant to four-laning through Taylor until the bridge crossing is four lanes.

“If there’s four lanes across the river, then you’re not necking down a four-lane from Fort St. John to Taylor. Everybody wants to speed past everybody to be the first one onto the two lanes.”

“We don’t want that happening in Taylor, but if there’s four lanes across, I think the people in Taylor would be prepared to see four lanes through Taylor, as long as we still have our ability to connect the two sides of the community with crosswalk lights.”

Fraser admits he understands the majority of the voter base is in the southern half of the province, and that the focus may shift away from the north.

“I’m worried that all the money for transportation is going to get driven into repairing those roads and bridges and that infrastructure before they start coming to Taylor. While I haven’t heard that, I’m worried that it will happen.”

“I guess in the springtime, when they get back to us, we’ll see if there’s still willingness on the provincial government to move forward with this project.”

Appearing on Moose Talks Friday, Fraser says with this year being an election year, he’s excited about finishing some studies so that the next council can decide on actions to take.

“We’ve had four big studies that have come through our organizational review, and our housing study that we’ve got going with respect to asset management. Those will help plan the future of Taylor, and we hope to finish all of those, put some recommendations into place this year, so that the next council can take that information and run with it.”