Intersection safety focus of symposium

Intersection safety has been deemed the top priority of an Okanagan-wide symposium on traffic.

Intersection safety has been deemed the top priority of an Okanagan-wide symposium on traffic.

And that has Spallumcheen’s public works manager smiling.

Ed Forslund represented the township at the symposium, held earlier this summer in Vernon, which was attended by stakeholders to discuss the highway corridor running from the border near Osoyoos through to Revelstoke.

Communities had submitted problem areas to symposium organizers and were made part of the agenda.

Spallumcheen has expressed concerns about the intersections of Highway 97A and McLeod Road, and the highway and entrance to the Log Barn.

“Intersection safety was made the top priority which addresses our concerns with McLeod Road and the Log Barn,” said Forslund. “The symposium couldn’t target individual preferences. The idea was to take an overall view of concerns that cover the whole valley. I’m pretty happy that our intersection concerns came to the top.”

Another meeting on valley transportation will be held in Penticton Sept. 16 that will include politicians and workshop staff. Politicians will have their input on traffic concerns.

After that, all input recorded by consultants will be brought back to the provincial government to see if there are ways to fund some of the ideas resulting from the traffic symposiums.