The new Gellatly Bridge is now open in West Kelowna after months of construction. (Contributed)

West Kelowna’s new Gellatly Bridge open

Bridge replacement construction began in January

The first cars crossed the new Gellatly Bridge over Powers Creek in West Kelowna on May 1.

The replacement of the old bridge began in January, and despite the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the project finished on schedule and incurred no cost overruns, according to the City of West Kelowna.

“During these unprecedented times, I am grateful to share some good news with our residents and businesses as we reopen a key corridor along our city’s spectacular waterfront,” said Mayor Gord Milsom. “The replacement of this aging bridge was one of council’s priorities and we are excited to see it completed.”

The new structure has a life expectancy of 75 years, featuring an added sidewalk on the upstream side of the bridge and includes dedicated cycling lanes.

The old bridge’s wooden deck, which required routine maintenance, has been replaced with a far more durable asphalt surface.

The city said the new bridge is more resilient and capable to withstand the effects of climate change. In 2017 and 2018, flooding significantly impacted the structure, forcing a full closure of the old bridge. The new design incorporates a much higher elevation capable of accommodating 1-in-200-year flows of Powers Creek.

“We thank the contractor and its crews for excellent and efficient work,” said Allen Fillion, director of engineering and public works. “This was an important and necessary upgrade as the old bridge had foundations that were over 100 years old and the structure had reached the end of its useful life.”

Crews will return to the site to complete in-stream work in August to avoid disruption to fish habitat. This phase includes the final installation of channel rip rap and embankment protection. Minor delays to vehicle traffic may occur for about two weeks if required, but pedestrian and cyclist access is expected to be maintained.

READ MORE: West Kelowna authorizes up to $6M in borrowing amid pandemic

READ MORE: New Kelowna medical manufacturer to make 20 million masks per month

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City of West Kelowna

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oyama Zipline Adventure Park opening for the season

The Lake Country zipline is scheduled to open on June 12

No criminality in the 2019 death of woman found on Kelowna beach

Caitlin was found deceased on Gyro Beach on April 21, 2019

$220K for Okanagan Rail Trail loo

Successful proposal for Westkal Road comes ‘well within project budget’

Kelowna’s Gallagher’s Canyon announced as course participating in BC Golfathon for ALS

The initiative raises awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC

Flair Airlines adds Kelowna to new summer schedule

Flair will be delaying the launch of service into Ottawa and Atlantic Canada

WATCH: North Okanagan golf cart stolen, then returned

Homeowners have footage of two men taking the cart and then bringing it back

Police watchdog investigating fatal crash in Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP received a report of a single-vehicle collision on Bulman Road near Highway 97 on June 1

Kelowna council greenlights ‘The Wedge’

The wedge-shaped building will be built at the corner of Leon Avenue and Water Street

Vehicle stolen in Revelstoke recovered near Salmon Arm after occupants suffer overdoses

Police say they were alerted to the vehicle after occupants treated by ambulance after drug use

Province looks to seize Kelowna home owned by alleged drug trafficker

Michelle Collins and Nigel Byrne were also recently investigated by Kelowna RCMP for drug trafficking

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Highway 1 closed after body found near Hope

Coroners Service reportedly on the scene, highway has been closed for 10 hours in both directions

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Most Read