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More Westside commuter woes

Fresh off two lengthy rounds of construction and commuter nightmares - motorists heading to and from the Westside can expect more in the near future.

An overpass project is scheduled for Highway 97 and Sneena Road near the top of bridge hill across from the Westbank First Nation cemetery.

A Request for Proposals closed a week ago Monday (Dec 3). Seven companies placed bids on the project.

The lowest of those was submitted by Emil Anderson Construction out of Kelowna with a unverified bid of slightly more than $8.8M.

This will be the third major roadway project in the same general area over the past eight years.

Commuters endured three years of construction for the William R. Bennett Bridge from 2005 to 2008 then another two-and-a-half years from Oct 2010 to April 2013 for the Westside Road Interchange and Nancee Way underpass.

The new project will connect Highway 97 to Sneena Road east of where the proposed new WFN medical centre will be situated.

Sneena Road, which currently runs behind the WFN band office and the new shopping centre would extend along Highway 97 and connect with the Campbell Road interchange to the east and extend west to hook up with Tomat Avenue allowing for a second access to the William R. Bennett Bridge.

No word on the cost of the project or when construction may begin, however, the province is expected to release some details later today.

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