Work is underway to upgrade a key highway intersection in Lake Country to improve safety and access for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
The project includes constructing traffic islands to facilitate right turns at Oceola Road, a northbound acceleration lane on to Highway 97, raised centre medians, an extension of the northbound left turn lane, pedestrian crosswalks, and a new signal with left turn advances.
“Thousands of Lake Country and North Okanagan residents along with tourists and visitors travel this stretch of Highway 97 daily,” said Norm Letnick, Kelowna- Lake Country MLA.
“Once completed, these changes to the Oceola Road intersection will give motorists easier access to shopping, shopping services and the many recreational opportunities that are found in this part of the Okanagan.”
A $2.4-million contract has been awarded to Belvedere Place Contracting of Kelowna.
Work is expected to be finished in the fall.
“Our government is pleased to invest in this project that will create local jobs and promote long-term economic growth in the region,” said Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.
“This improvement will make travel safer and more efficient for all motorists in the area.”