Dangerous intersection to be fixed
Aug 23, 2013 / 11:16 am
The District of West Kelowna can cross another intersection off its wish list.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has agreed to begin improvements and change traffic patterns at the contentious Highway 97 and Grizzly Road intersection to reduce the risk of crashes.
The project will involve building raised concrete medians to channel and protect vehicles at the intersection as well as improved lighting and drainage.
"Over the last decade there's been a big increase in commercial and residential development along Highway 97 through West Kelowna which has led to safety concerns at some of the smaller intersections," says Premier Clark, the MLA for Westside-Kelowna.
"This investment helps address those concerns making it safer while preserving access to Grizzly Road from the highway."
The intersection has been the scene of several serious accidents over the past number of years.
Once the project is complete vehicles will not be able to turn left from Grizzly onto Highway 97 or travel directly across the highway.
Traffic will be able to make right and left turns onto Grizzly Road from Highway 97 and make right turns from Grizzly onto the highway.
"That is awesome news," says West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater.
"I've been advocating that for about two or three years - ever since the young lady who was pregnant was very badly injured and lost her baby. There have been other incidents but that's when it really came home."
Findlater says the intersection is not a West Kelowna intersection, however, citizens of both West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation utilize the stretch of road on a regular basis.
The $2M project was developed in consultation with the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.
Construction is expected to begin later this summer with completion in early fall.
Findlater says he has also been advised that advance left turn signals are expected to be installed at Highway 97 and Ross Road in conjunction with construction of the new transit exchange by the Super 8 Motel.
He expects that work to be done sometime in the next few years.
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