Shuswap MLA George Abbott (left)

Shuswap MLA George Abbott (left)

Upgrades pave the way for safety

Highway 97A improvements completed, making a safer commute on the section of highway in Armstrong and Spallumcheen

  • Nov. 16, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Safety improvements along a major North Okanagan transportation corridor are completed.

Another portion of Highway 97A has been expanded to four lanes.

“Our government is pleased to invest in projects that create jobs and improve infrastructure in our communities,” said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP.

“These important upgrades to Highway 97A will improve safety, reduce travel time and promote long-term economic growth in the region.”

Four kilometres of Highway 97A were widened to four lanes, from Pleasant Valley Cross Road to Lansdowne Road. At the Smith Road intersection, safety was improved with the construction of a protected T-intersection and northbound acceleration lane. Left turn bays and deceleration lanes were added or extended at five other key intersections along the route.

“We’ve moved to four lanes and improved the intersections along this corridor,” said George Abbott, Shuswap MLA.

“With wider shoulders, a centre median, concrete roadside barriers and rumble strips, this will be a safer drive, and make a significant difference for residents and tourists alike.”

With this project complete, Highway 97A is now four lanes between Vernon and Armstrong.

“I am really pleased to see the completion of this project,” said Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma.

“It will certainly enhance the safety at the Smith Drive and a number of other intersections that were of major concern to the township.

“It is going to be a terrific benefit to the Township of Spallumcheen residents and vehicular traffic alike, with much improved access to Highway 97A. We are very appreciative of the support that the Ministry of Transportation has provided to the township,” said Hansma.

The project was valued at $20.2 million.

The provincial government invested $13.6 million, and the federal government contributed $6.6 million through the Building Canada Fund.

 

An estimated 125 direct jobs were created over the life of the project.