New name sought for old Highway 97

Public’s input being sought on naming old Highway 97 route between Oyama and Lake Country.

With the new Highway 97 construction between Winfield and Oyama more than 50 per cent complete, the public’s input is being sought on naming the old highway route.

The road that is currently Hwy 97 will become a local road under the jurisdiction of the District of Lake Country. The BC Ministry of Transportation has advised the district that highway signage will show ‘Old Hwy 97’ as the formal name unless a road name is provided.

“What would you call the Old Highway 97 if you had a choice?  Well, now is your opportunity,” said Coun. Owen Dickie for Oyama.

Lake Country needs the public’s help to find the perfect name for this special section of road through so that it is memorable and relevant for tourism.

Suggestions can be made at: http://www.okanaganway.ca/2012/09/request-for-public-input-naming-old-hwy-97/

The deadline is Oct. 15, and submissions will be entered in a prize draw for four tickets to a Creekside Theatre performance of choice.

Council will be making the final decision on the road name in November.

Suggested names include: Thomas Wood Drive, Lake Country Drive, Lakeside Way, Waterfront Ave and Kokanee Pkwy.

“It is important to note that there is space to suggest other names which you may feel are equally appropriate for this artery which has been one of the dominating features of Oyama for years,” said Dickie. “Don’t delay, time is limited.”