The Ministry of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday on improvements to the Stickle Road and Highway 97 intersection.

The Ministry of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday on improvements to the Stickle Road and Highway 97 intersection.

Stickle plan goes to public

Ministry of Transportation holds open house on improvements to Stickle Road/Highway 97 intersection Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. at Prestige Hotel

Greater Vernon residents can have their say on potential changes at a dangerous intersection.

The Ministry of Transportation will hold an open house on improvements to the Stickle Road/Highway 97 intersection Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Prestige Hotel.

“I hope they will listen to the people who are talking to them,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director.

It’s believed the ministry is proposing a right-in, right-out model for Stickle Road at the highway and that is a concern for businesses located there.

“They can see it negatively impacting their business,” said Fleming of restricting access.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has unanimously called for a traffic control light at the intersection.

“I am hoping people who are most affected will be at the open house,” said Fleming.

“There will be more development in that area in the years to come and that means more traffic. There needs to be a light and their solution is poor.”

Beyond a traffic light, RDNO wants other actions taken.

“We’ve suggested a reduced speed limit from the weigh scale south to deal with safety,” said Fleming.

Scott Anderson, a Vernon councillor, is concerned about the approach being taken by the ministry.

“I urge that everyone who wants to see a relatively sane solution to the crossing at Stickle Road attend the hearing and make their voices heard,” he said.

The ministry states, “The proposed intersection improvements would increase safety and mobility at the intersection of Highway 97 and Stickle Road.”