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Highway speeds increasing in the North Okanagan

Speed limits are rising on a number of North Okanagan highways.

As part of its rural highway safety and speed review, the Ministry of Transportation announced a number of changes Wednesday.

“Safety on our highways is our number one priority, and is the foundation for every decision that has resulted from this review," said Transportation Minister Todd Stone.

"The actions we’re taking were the subject of a thorough technical review by our engineers, and the ministry is committed to ongoing monitoring and evaluation of speed limits and other highway safety measures.”

Unless otherwise noted, new speed limits will be phased in over the summer.

Highway 97 Gatzke Road, north of Oyama to College Way, south of Vernon (16 km)

Current speed limit: 90

New speed limit: 100 – Pending completion of engineering assessment to determine if median barriers are required before implementation of the new speed limit.

Highway 97 Highway 97A junction near Swan Lake to Westside Road (6 km)

Current speed limit: 80

New speed limit: 90

Highway 97A north of Smith Drive, Armstrong to Highway 97B junction, Enderby (18 km excluding 50 km/h section through Enderby)

Current speed limit: 90

New speed limit: 100

Highway 97A Highway 97B junction, near Grindrod to Sicamous (33 km, excluding 50 km/h section through Grindrod)

Current speed limit: 80

New speed limit: 90

Look for more details in Friday's Morning Star.

 

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