Council approves road closures

ARMSTRONG: One request is in June, two are in September

Linda Fisher

A main artery in Armstrong will be shut down for several hours to allow a cycling race during the upcoming B.C. 55-Plus Games.

Cycling events will be held in Armstrong and Spallumcheen and the time trial race on Thursday, Sept. 14, is slated for Otter Lake Road with 60 participants expected.

Organizers asked Armstrong council to close Otter Lake Road between Wood Avenue and Fraser Road to through traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to allow for preparation, running and clean-up of the event.

“The organizer will be using professional traffic control personnel who will guide local residents throughout the event,” said City of Armstrong corporate officer Sue Wood. “The public works managers from both the township (Spallumcheen) and the city have worked actively with organizers and they will communicate with the residents in the area to ensure they are aware of the event.”

Council unanimously agreed to the event, providing organizers ensure neighbouring businesses and residents are notified, along with emergency responder organizations and B.C. Transit, and that organizers remediate any damage and cleans up following the event.

Council also approved two road closure requests from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

Bridge Street will be closed from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26, for the ninth annual Children’s Bike Rodeo and Block Party.

The annual IPE Parade route will again be blocked off on Saturday, Sept. 2. Okanagan Traffic Control will ensure traffic moves smoothly between 9:30 a.m. and noon. The chamber was granted permission to close the north exit from Highway 97A to Smith Drive and will designate this as an emergency route only from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New name

Coun. Linda Werner is now Linda Fisher.

Werner married Ed Fisher over the May long weekend.

“We say congratulations to you and Ed,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.