Festivities are over and motorists will soon be using the Okanagan’s newest stretch of highway.
A ceremony was held Friday afternoon to make the official completion of the nine-kilometre, upper-level Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama. The route will open to motorists at 7 p.m. Friday.
“Highway 97 will improve travel for residents and visitors by making transportation safer and more efficient,” said Norm Letnick, Kelowna- Lake Country MLA.
Residents and Lake Country politicians had been demanding a new route since 2006 because of a number of fatalities along the two-lane stretch of road along Wood Lake.
Construction of the $77.9 million new highway began two years ago.