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2008 - William R. Bennett Bridge

The William R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna is completed after three years of construction, replacing the older Okanagan Lake Bridge built in 1958. This floating bridge — one of only nine in the world at the time — linked downtown Kelowna to West Kelowna across Okanagan Lake as part of Highway 97.

It increased capacity by an estimated 30,000 vehicles daily and includes an elevated span for marine traffic as well as a lane for cyclists and pedestrians.

The bridge represents a significant enhancement for local communities and Highway 97, which is the busiest corridor in the province outside the Lower Mainland.