Slow down and obey the signs!
That's the message West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater wants to get out to motorists who use detours around the Westlake Road Upgrade construction.
“We’ve been receiving concerns from residents that our detour route, McDougall Road, is a speedway, something that concerns West Kelowna Council greatly,” said Findlater.
“We are upgrading Westlake Road because it is in dire need of urbanization, precisely because it is used by so many vehicles and pedestrians and McDougall Road is also quite narrow and winding.”
Westlake Road was originally built as a rural street, with minimal shoulders, overland drainage and no defined pedestrian or cycling passage.
The $5.1 million construction project includes widening the road, sidewalks and cycling lanes. During construction, sections of Westlake Road will be closed, requiring detours to be established.
“This is a time to plan to leave earlier and take it slow, rather than racing along a narrow road that is also our detoured transit route and will be used by pedestrians and construction vehicles,” said Findlater.
“In September, when the District’s new Rosewood Sportsfield and the new Mar Jok Elementary school opens, we’ll all be able to breathe a sigh of relief that Westlake Road is open and safe for all users. Until then, I ask motorists to please consider alternate routes or, barring that, be respectful to all users.”
West Kelowna RCMP has been asked to increase speed control patrols in the area.