Highway construction projects underway in Lake Country

Intersection of Oceola and Highway 97 getting improvements with turn lanes, crosswalks and new signals

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.

“Thousands of Lake Country and North Okanagan residents along with tourists and visitors travel this stretch of Highway 97 daily. Once completed, these 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,” said Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country

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.

Quick Facts:

•This intersection upgrade ties into and is a component of the recently completed Highway 97 four-laning project between Winfield and Oyama.

•This nine-kilometre-long section of four-lane highway opened to traffic in August 2013, and included raised medians, wider shoulders, rumble strips and roadside barriers.

•The Highway 97 Winfield to Oyama project is a $78-million investment cost-shared between Canada and British Columbia. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $26.8 million under the Building Canada Fund and the provincial government is investing $51.1 million.

•As a result of this project, Highway 97 is a four-lane route from Highway 97C (the Okanagan Connector) to Armstrong.