Median barriers to be added on Hwy 97 in North and South Okanagan

More medians for Hwy 97

Median barriers will be installed on busy sections of Highway 97 this fall.

Barriers will go up on Highway 97A between Vernon and Armstrong, and between Penticton and Summerland on Highway 97, the Ministry of Transportation has announced.

"Improving safety for people is our top priority and installing median barriers along sections of the highway ensures an added layer of protection for travellers," said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

"This project will benefit those travelling in the Okanagan, whether it be for daily errands, business or pleasure."

The barriers help prevent head-on collisions and other crossover accidents.

Two separate tenders will be issued.

The first is for the installation of median and roadside barriers along eight kilometres of Highway 97 between West Bench Hill Road and Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park. The roadside barrier will connect with the existing barriers. Work on this project is anticipated to start in early fall.

The second is for continuous median barriers on a 5.9-kilometre section of Highway 97A between Smith Drive in Armstrong and Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon. Work on this project is anticipated to begin late this year.

Drivers can expect minor delays during the projects.

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