Safety improvements coming to Hwy. 97 intersections on Westside


Motorists in West Kelowna will soon notice a big change along parts of Highway 97, especially when it comes to safety at certain intersections.

Both the Province of British Columbia and the District of West Kelowna, will share the cost of installing new traffic lights and left turn signals at key intersections, and all in the name of safety.

Ben Stewart, MLA for Westside-Kelowna, says,"I am most concerned about the Bartley Road intersection along Highway 97, when you do travel that corridor and try to turn off onto Bartley Road heading north, it clearly is one where a lot of the vision lines are cut down because of the curvature of the road and these improvements will cut down immensely on accidents."

Total cost of the project is $190,000 dollars, with construction beginning on September 24th 2012 and wrapping up on October 31st, 2012.

"What we're doing here is saving lives and we're saving people from serious injuries," says West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater.

"It's absolutely necessary with the volume and speed on this route to do this," adds Mayor Findlater.

Both the Province and the District of West Kelowna are working together to improve the safety of motorists.

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