A group of businesses is willing to back off original demands as long as a dangerous intersection is made safer.
The newly formed Swan Lake Corridor Business Association originally pushed for a traffic signal at Highway 97 and Stickle Road, but the Ministry of Transportation has been resistant to the concept.
“Something is better than nothing,” said Pat Loehndorf, SLCBA president, when asked about the ministry’s plan to extend 20th Street from Rona to Vernon Volkswagen to create another link to Vernon.
“Our fear is if we continue to fight, the money will go somewhere else. We need some fixes to move forward.”
Loehndorf added that extending the side road would help alleviate some of the safety issues.
The Swan Lake corridor is adjacent to the City of Vernon but in the Regional District of North Okanagan, and cross-jurisdictional issues can create challenges.
That was part of the reason for forming the association.
“We want to get some answers and have some clout,” said Loehndorf.
“It was agreed that we would form a society to take on issues representing the businesses and citizens of this area.”
Besides traffic safety, the association is also focused on water and sewer infrastructure.
It has already met with MLA Eric Foster, RDNO, Mayor Akbal Mund and the Ministry of Transportation.