Letnick: Winfield-Oyama highway update

In my last quarterly construction update, I compared a highway upgrading project to an iceberg. I can’t think of a more appropriate analogy.

In my last quarterly construction update, I compared a highway upgrading project to an iceberg, in that the vast majority of work is behind the scenes. I still can’t think of a more appropriate analogy.

My goal with these updates is to make sure residents see “under the surface” on the project to upgrade Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama.

Nobody enjoys traffic delays due to construction, but hopefully that frustration is eased if you know more about the project and its progress.

The Winfield-Oyama project involves constructing a nine-kilometre four-lane highway west of the existing two-lane section of Highway 97 between the two Lake Country communities. Construction began on May 28, 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2013.

As of May, total construction was  almost halfway completed.

Drilling, blasting, excavations and embankment construction is underway.

The scope of this project is vast and has involved huge amounts of material.

Consider this: over 1,000,000 cubic metres of material have been excavated, moved and placed in embankments to date – which represents approximately 50 per cent of the total quantities on this project.

That includes about 470,000 cubic metres of rock and 600,000 cubic metres of soils.

As you may have noticed, construction on several of the overpasses is underway.

The Gatzke Road Overpass is approximately 60 per cent complete; the Woods Lake Overpass is approximately 40 per cent complete; and the Recreational Underpasses for Old Mission Road and Lake Country Access are approximately 80 per cent complete.

As you may recall, the $40.83 million construction contract was awarded to Nanaimo’s Windley Contracting (2010) Ltd. on March 25, 2011.

The overall project budget is $77.9 million, with a $33.6 million contribution from the federal government under the Building Canada Plan.

Construction on all phases and aspects of the project will continue until the expected completion next year.

As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my constituency office, or via social media on Facebook or Twitter.

Norm Letnick is the Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country.

Just Posted

Kelowna Boat Show highlights abandoned boat program

The 24th annual Kelowna Boat Show hits shores April 27 and 28.

West Kelowna fire under control

A fire broke out just above Bear Creek Provincial Park Monday

Kelowna’s Korczak, Canada en route to U18 quarter-finals

Kaedan Korczak and Team Canada play Latvia Thursday

Kelowna driver searches for man who allegedly tried to run him off the road

The driver said he just missed a biker trying to avoid a collision

Social media flooded with love for woman found dead on Kelowna beach

“We lost a sister. Because that is what we are it is a sisterhood and I can’t help but feel anything but sadness.”

VIDEO: Okanagan fire victim Amy Hansen speaks out on the loss of her four pets

A gofundme page has been started for Hansen, with $1,140 raised of a $5000 goal to help her rebuild

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Okanagan history in pictures

Grand opening of downtown Vernon Safeway store from 1965

Okanagan firefighter steps up to challenge

Andrew Haak will be one of hundreds of firefighters taking part in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary on May 5

SPCA investigating hen cull at Shuswap egg farm

Egg farm regulator says they are confident cull at was done properly

‘Cutthroat’ sport of wine tasting happening now in the Okanagan

BC Tasting Games are underway with competitions in three Okanagan communities.

Most Read