Westside Road was a hot topic at MLA Ben Stewart’s open house Tuesday.
Although the open house was held in Kelowna, a number of people came armed with their concerns about conditions on Westside Road.
“There is a big delegation here from Westside Road,” said the Westside-Kelowna MLA.
“A lot of them either have property out there and live downtown or they have driven over here. The big question in everybody’s mind is road and safety improvements.”
Stewart said he is well aware of the concern and has already been presenting the case to Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom.
“On Tuesday, Minister Lekstrom (and I) physically drove the road from Vernon right through to the Westside.
“We had the chance to go with two key people in the ministry that are responsible for this area, Murray Tekano and Norm Parkes.”
Stewart said that the group examined the road safety improvements that have already started, the resurfacing issues and the width of the road.
“The ministry is aware that the road is too narrow in some cases. I’d like to see some cement safety improvements or barricades put up, but they can’t put them on unless they widen the road.”
According to Stewart, in the past, the province has stated that the road has too low an amount of traffic to justify doing significant improvements; however, he is optimistic that Tekano’s staff and resources in the ministry will make it a priority.