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Vernon’s Stickle Road safety upgrades complete

Safety improvements at Stickle Road on Highway 97 are now complete.

“This intersection in the northern part of Vernon has experienced a significant number of crashes and increased congestion in recent years,” the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a news release.

Improvement work included converting Stickle Road at Highway 97 to a left-in, right-in and right-out intersection; lengthening the northbound and southbound left-turn lanes on the highway and providing right-turn acceleration and deceleration lanes at the east and west approaches.

Related: Stickle Road excavation work proceeds

Related: Stickle Road project on track

The $15 million project will also include an extension of 20th Street to connect it to the south end of the existing Stickle Frontage Road.

“While this section is not expected to be complete until fall 2019, depending on soil settlement, ongoing work will not impact traffic on Highway 97,” the Ministry said.

This single-lane southbound extension has been designed to accommodate the future expansion of the municipal road if development in the area continues to increase.

Related: Stickle Road fight resumes

Significant environmental work was completed along the 20th Street extension ahead of construction, including relocation of fish and amphibian habitats in BX Creek. The ministry is also working with Ducks Unlimited to develop a new wetland habitat three times the size of the one impacted by the project.


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