Pitch made for widening of Highway 97A
Local officials want pressure eased on a busy transportation corridor.
Spallumcheen council met briefly with Transportation Minister Mary Polak Tuesday to discuss possible four-laning of Highway 97A from Armstrong to Enderby.
“It’s important because of the safety of McLeod subdivision residents,” said Mayor Janice Brown.
Besides four-laning, there has also been the suggestion of a traffic light at the highway and McLeod Road.
No commitments were made by Polak and ministry staff.
“They listened and they are well aware of the issues,” said Brown, adding that other government policies are leading to increased traffic.
“There are no doctors in Enderby so they need to keep the highway safe so people can travel to Vernon.”
Enderby council had also anticipated meeting with Polak but that didn’t occur.
“Her schedule was too tight and she couldn’t fit us in,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.
Enderby specifically wants to know how the government will handle traffic flow on Highway 97A or if an alternate route around the city may occur.
“We need to know what they are doing because we are in the middle of our own (transportation and land use) plans,” said Cyr.
The city also wants details on the rail line through the community.