Left-turn signal approved

The City of Vernon will put $50,000 towards a left-turn signal at 32nd Street and 39th Avenue

Traffic flow may soon improve at a busy Vernon intersection.

The City of Vernon will put $50,000 towards a left-turn signal at 32nd Street and 39th Avenue and the remaining $25,000 will come from the Ministry of Transportation or the Insurance Corporation of B.C.

“It’s about time and we’re glad it’s here,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky of a left-turn signal.

Currently, anyone attempting to turn left off Highway 97 on to 39th Avenue has to generally wait for some time until there is a break in northbound traffic. That often results in traffic blocking the southbound lanes.

The situation became heightened when the city relocated the tourism information centre to 39th Avenue this summer.

“A left-turn signal will be advantageous for the public. It will be a safety improvement,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

The latest statistics show that the number of people stopping at the visitor information centre has grown since it moved to 39th Avenue in June.

The total visitors from June 10 to Sept. 30 at the new centre was 12,991 compared to 10,836 during the same period in 2013 at the two former tourist booths.

Relocation of the visitor information centre was contentious, with some residents insisting tourists wouldn’t find it and motorists would experience a challenge getting off the highway.

“We have gained visitors and the tourism advisory committee is to be commended,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.

“I’m pleased to see it’s worked for the better.”

Because there is some vacant space at the visitor information centre, the city will put out a call for expression to see if a business would like to use the space.

“Maybe we can sell local arts,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe, adding that the goal of leasing out the space should be to draw visitors and residents to the centre.


Just Posted

Meet Vernon’s newest homeless outreach team

The Vernon Homeless Outreach Team makes its first formal appearance Aug. 28 at Upper Room Mission

Vernon Pizza Huts raise dough for diabetes research

Vernon Pizza Hut locations raised more than $3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Downstairs renter of torched Vernon home a British Army veteran, new Canadian

Owen Wilson was just beginning to settle into life in Canada when the blaze occurred

Smiles all around at O’Keefe Ranch’s Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day took place Aug. 18. at the historic O’Keefe Ranch

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

Vernon residents among participants in the 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer on Aug. 24

VIDEO: B.C. Mountie killed by drunk driver honoured by memorial playground

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Okanagan Nation bringing overdose awareness to Syilx Okanagan communities

The Purple Ribbon Campaign for International Overdose Awareness Day is Aug. 28

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Most Read