A Highway 97 bypass of Peachland needs more study.
As part of a package of information for public engagement into options around the Peachland Transportation Study, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure states it is "deferring its recommendation for a long-term option in the Peachland area."
These centre around several options for a highway bypass connecting with Highway 97C.
MoTI says a number of "key considerations" were confirmed during Phase 1 consultations with stakeholders, including:
- The existing two-lane section of Highway 97 through Peachland is not anticipated to reach capacity until 2040.
- The alternate and existing route options have significant environmental, social and economic impacts that will require further study.
- A number of future factors will impact plans and decision making that must be understood before a final decision on the long-term corridor recommendation can be made.
The ministry has outlined several short and medium-term options it is considering for the Highway 97 corridor through Peachland.
Potential short-term options include upgrades at Highway 97 and Trepanier Bench Road and Renfrew Road, and transit improvements at Clements Crescent and Princeton Avenue.
Some medium-range options include a realignment at Hardy Street and safety upgrades at Chidley Road and Clements Crescent connector.
The province is now moving into the second phase of the study, which includes online public feedback on the short, medium and long-term options available.
Public input can be made until Sept. 4.
Click here to view the current options available, and provide feedback.
If you are unable to engage online and would like to discuss the study, you can contact the project team at [email protected].
The ministry expects to release a final report later in the year.