Safety concern

Writer hints Ministry of Transportation revisit the lack of merge lanes through the new construction on Highway 97A in Armstrong

Dear Honourable George Abbott MLA; I was pleased to read about the $3 million grant for the North Okanagan and particular the resurfacing project of Highway 97A from Armstrong to Vernon. You correctly stated in your news release that “This upgrade will extend its lifespan, and make driving the route safer and more comfortable.”

May I suggest that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure revisit the lack of merge lanes through the new construction on Highway 97A in Armstrong that was completed in 2011.

Recently I witnessed a vehicle have a near mishap with a semi tank truck. If it were not for the swift reaction of the semi driver another statistic would be in the paper. This was but a brief glimpse of the unsafe highway condition that was created because of no merge lanes.

I believe that the lack of merge lanes was a minor cost saving measure the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure took, and I encourage you and your fellow MLA Blair Lekstrom, to seriously re-look at this very unsafe situation of no merge lanes and start the process to construct the much needed lanes.

Lee Fennell

Armstrong