Highway 6 project to begin soon

Work will start soon to improve safety around an accident-plagued corner of highway in Coldstream.

Work will start soon to improve safety around an accident-plagued corner of highway in Coldstream.

The realignment of Highway 6, at the Kalamalka Road intersection, is anticipated to start Oct. 29.

The $7.5 million project will see the stretch of highway between Ricardo and Grey roads straightened, with an improved intersection including left turn lanes.

The new stretch of highway, which is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013, will move motorists over a new railway crossing, east of the current one.

“The existing crossing will remain in place to service Kal Road,” said Ken Aura, senior project manager with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Coldstream Ranch, which borders the highway, will also be granted a cattle crossing under the highway.

Aura admits construction is starting a little later than originally planned due to the number of groups involved (Kelowna Pacific Rail, industrial businesses, utilities, ranch operations).

“It’s not a huge project but there’s a lot going on,” said Aura, adding that crews may work through the winter if the weather permits.

Motorists can expect some delays during construction.