Work is underway to upgrade a key highway intersection in Lake Country to improve safety and access for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
The project includes constructing traffic islands to facilitate right turns at Oceola Road, a northbound acceleration lane onto Highway 97, raised centre medians, an extension of the northbound left turn lane, pedestrian crosswalks, and a new signal with left turn advances.
A $2.4-million contract has been awarded to Belvedere Place Contracting Ltd of Kelowna. During construction, drivers are advised to expect delays and are encouraged to check www.DriveBC.ca for current conditions.
Work is expected to be finished in fall 2015.
This intersection upgrade ties into and is a component of the recently completed Highway 97 four-laning project between Winfield and Oyama, completed in August 2013.
“Our government is pleased to invest in this project that will create local jobs and promote long-term economic growth in the region. Thisimprovement will make travel safer and more efficient for all motorists in the area,” said Ron Cannan, Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Safety was also a theme picked up on by B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone. “Safety on British Columbia’s highways is my number one priority and this project is an excellent way to make access into and through the community of Lake Country safer and more efficient for all travellers.”
Norm Letnick, Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, added the changes to the Oceola Road intersection will give motorists easier access to shopping, shopping services and the many recreational opportunities that are found in this part of the Okanagan.