The Regional District of North Okanagan is opposed to possible changes to the Highway 97/Birnie Road intersection.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is opposed to possible changes to the Highway 97/Birnie Road intersection.

Intersection change at Greater Vernon landfill under fire

Regional District of North Okanagan not impressed with Ministry of Transportation plans

The Regional District of North Okanagan is opposing a proposal for the Highway 97/Birnie Road intersection at the Greater Vernon landfill.

The Ministry of Transportation wants to make it right-in only for motorists leaving the highway to get on to Birnie Road and right-out only for motorists entering back on to the highway.

While current left-turns are a safety threat, RDNO says the ministry’s plans will become an inconvenience for landfill users who will have to travel further to get back home. The district also says the plan will lead to increased traffic at other intersections, such as Bailey Road, and that will create hazards.

RDNO wants a bridge constructed over the highway so traffic leaving Birnie Road can get back on to the highway northbound safely.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.