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Kelowna Chamber challenges province on second lake crossing

Chairperson Dan Price wrote a letter to Rob Flemming

The Kelowna Chamber wants answers from the province about future transportation planning in the region, including a second crossing over Okanagan Lake.

A letter dated June 23, from chairperson Dan Price, to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Flemming, points out that the region is expected to grow by 60,000 residents by 2040, with no major infrastructure projects on the books.

“Please let us know if this is incorrect and a second crossing, reducing the number of controlled intersections, plus the consideration of bypass routes are still to be considered prior to 2040,” the letter reads.

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Price writes that investing in major improvements would help fuel the economy, and mitigate safety concerns, especially on Harvey Avenue.

“Kelowna RCMP advise the fatal crashes at Harvey intersections in 2022 total 17, an alarming rise in a five-year period.”

Price also noted that local MLAs have been drawing attention to the issue, but believes the region is being ignored when it comes to major transportation investment.

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Gary Barnes

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Recently joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. With almost 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting...
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