Road widening not planned

The City of Kelowna has no imminent plans to widen Glenmore Road.

The question was posed to the city's integrated transportation manager following an impassioned plea by a Lake Country resident.

Ryan Campbell sent a letter to mayor and council in both Lake Country and Kelowna, imploring them to four lane Glenmore Road from north of Union Street at the way to Seaton Road.

Campbell says growth in both Kelowna and Lake Country is putting a strain on the road, and more people are using it as a way to bypass Highway 97 traffic when commuting to or from Kelowna.

Traffic manager Rafael Villarreal says the matter of Glenmore Road Road is a complicated one, mainly because it's a regional road that connects both communities, but mostly benefits Lake Country.

He says that makes the business case to four lane the road more difficult.

However, proper analysis has not been done to determine definitively whether the road can, or can't be four-laned.

Villarreal says a regional road review will be completed as part of an overall regional transportation plan.

"But, any investment we make on roads is competing with other investment around the city," said Villarreal.

"So, even though the four laning of the road doesn't go through an urban area so there may be some land, it goes back to how that will compare with other investments we have to make in the city, and who will this four-laning benefit."

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