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Commute delays on Hwy 97

Commuters travelling between West Kelowna and Kelowna will be hit with more construction delays.

Traffic pattern changes and a construction speed zone will come into effect the last few days of April, on Highway 97 between the Campbell Road Interchange and Westside Road.

The change includes realignment of all five lanes to facilitate construction of the Sneena Road overpass. Cycling lanes will be maintained.

Construction is expected to continue through to mid October.

Starting the week of April 27 crews will begin shifting traffic onto the temporary alignment.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, transition to the temporary alignment will result in short-term changes to traffic patterns throughout the week and will require temporary lane closures in both directions.

"Wherever possible, lane closures will be scheduled during evenings and non-peak daytime hours to minimize disruption to highway traffic," says MoTI spokesman, Robert Adam.

"A 50km/hour construction speed zone will be in effect during this period and will remain in effect until construction of the overpass is complete."

Once the traffic has been shifted onto the temporary alignment, all five lanes of traffic will be maintained for the duration of the construction period.

This is the fourth time in the last seven years commuters have been faced with construction along the stretch of highway between the William R. Bennett Bridge and Nancee Way.

Previous projects included the Campbell Road Interchange, Westside Road Overpass and Nancee Way Overpass.

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