A snapshot of traffic on the bridge shows the effect of the growing population and economy of the Central Okanagan area. In years past, the difference between daily traffic volumes in the summer and fall/winter/spring was much greater than today. While tourist traffic continues to grow, today’s traffic is dominated by commuters and local purpose travel as the proportion of local traffic is growing faster.
The summer traffic doesn’t appear to have a major impact on the peak commuter hours, but it results in elevated traffic levels throughout the day.
Fully 87% of the traffic on the bridge is travelling between Kelowna and all points west and south of the lake crossing. Only 13% of the bridge traffic simply passes through Kelowna. Just 4% of bridge traffic is simply passing through the entire Central Okanagan.