KELOWNA – Three significant Kelowna transportation projects will be prioritized as part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.’s new 10-year transportation plan. They include:
- The installation of an advanced left turn signal at Daimler Road and Highway 97, in West Kelowna. This project is part of government’s commitment to invest $30 million over the next three years in intersection safety improvements in communities across B.C. This project will improve highway safety, one of 12 key priorities of B.C. on the Move.
- Safety improvements and the resurfacing of Westside Road, through an investment of $45 million over the next five years. This project is part of government’s commitment to improve safety and keep highways and side roads in good condition.
- Construction on a new six-laning project on Highway 97 in Kelowna between Highway 33 and Edwards Road. This project is part of government’s commitment to construct new passing lanes and four-laning highways throughout the Okanagan Valley, including additional six-laning through Kelowna. This project will improve highway capacity and reliability, one of 12 key priorities under BC on the Move.
“The efficient movement of people and goods is critical to our economy as well as our lifestyle,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Whether it’s getting products to market more smoothly or getting people safely home to their families sooner, the expansion of Highway 97 from four to six lanes will bring big benefits to Kelowna and area.”
“Westside Road wasn’t built to handle the volume it does today, and has been a source of concern for too long,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “The new advanced left turn signal at Daimler Road and Highway 97 is another step in the right direction.”
“B.C. on the Move is an ambitious plan that will not only improve the driving experience for local residents, but strengthen Kelowna’s contribution to our growing economy through a more efficient transportation system,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “I look forward to seeing these significant improvements come to fruition.”
B.C. on the Move is government’s new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. It provides a comprehensive roadmap for transportation investments and strategic policy actions over the next decade. The actions prioritized in B.C. on the Move will enhance safety, grow the economy, maintain and replace aging infrastructure, and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.
Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest about $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
B.C. on the Move was developed incorporating feedback received from a wide-ranging public engagement, during which over 12,500 survey responses were received from British Columbians across the province, and the BC on the Move website was visited over 44,000 times.
B.C. on the Move is available online at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan.