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UPDATE: Portion of overpass collapses

Update: The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a press release regarding the collapse of a section of concrete facing wall on the Westside Road Interchange.

Jeff Knight, of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, says the Westside Road Interchange is temporarily closed to traffic to allow for an engineering assessment, which is underway. 

"While the assessment and clean-up takes place, traffic southbound on Highway 97 is being diverted up the southbound ramp, then north on Westside Road, on to Nancee Way and then back to Highway 97. "

Detours are in effect for local traffic, using either the Campbell Road Interchange or Hudson Road and Boucherie Road.

Drivers can expect the closure to remain in place overnight.

Knight says the cause of the wall damage is unclear.

"Structural engineers from  Urban Systems, the owner's engineer, are thoroughly assessing the wall area and the structure overall to determine the appropriate course of action.

The ministry's will also have engineering experts assessing the structure.

A retaining wall along the north west side of the new West Kelowna overpass collapsed, Sunday morning. 

Shoring from the side of the structure has slid down onto the road, blocking a portion of highway 97.

Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is on scene assessing the damage of the collapse.

"Traffic is moving in both directions so we're happy about that, but this part of the highway is closed and we do not know for how long."

Fire crews and RCMP are on scene to reroute traffic around the overpass. Traffic is heavily backed up along Highway 97 entering West Kelowna. 

One commuter stuck in the backed up traffic says, "this sucks, that's good taxpayer money going to waste."

Others commuters complained about the wait to get across the bridge.

The cause of the collapse is unknown but Tekano says the structure doesn't appear be impacted, other than the one side of the retaining wall. No one was injured in this incident.

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