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.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Goose cull a no go in Vernon

Tied vote meant defeat for councillors in favour of the kill program

Vernon part of end of internment camp ceremonies

June 2020 marks 100 years since the end of Canada’s first internment camps, including one in Vernon

New Armstrong IPE president has deep roots

Heather King elected at IPE’s recent annual general meeting

Seedy Saturday returning to Vernon

Popular event hosted by Sustainable Environment Network Society set for March 21 at rec centre

Study proposed to investigate impact of septic fields in Okanagan Lake

Study would get underway in Killiney Beach and Westshore Estate areas in June

Okanagan rescue team comes back home from Australian mission

Brad Pattison’s team spent 33 days rescuing wildlife

Kelowna mayor to request RCMP’s ‘unfounded’ sexual assault report

RCMP said the report was completed over a month ago but have yet to release it or make a statement

Criminality not suspected in Ellison trailer fire death

The body was discovered after crews responded to reports of a house fire

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

Kelowna youth accused of killing 16-year-old released

The young woman was arrested on Feb. 21 and is facing one charge of manslaughter

Interior Health appoints administrator at Summerland Seniors Village

Numerous concerns raised about private seniors care facility

Man arrested following suspicious trailer fire in Kelowna

Reports came in about the fire at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday morning

Body discovered following vehicle fire on Kelowna property

Firefighters discovered a body in a home on Anderson Road

‘Please be quiet,’ Kelowna Mayor tells sexual assault survivor protesting in council chambers

Forty per cent of sexual assaults reported to Kelowna RCMP in 2019 were deemed ‘unfounded’

Most Read