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Celebration planned for Hwy 97 opening in Lake Country Friday

The view at the north end of the new section of highway during construction.
Image Credit: Ministry of Transportation
August 14, 2013 - 3:07 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - There's only two more sleeps until the grand opening of the new section of Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama.

Traffic will begin to flow over the completed $78 million project Friday, Aug. 16 starting at 7 p.m. At noon the same day the public is invited to come up to the Winfield end of the highway where they can take part in a bike, walk and run event.

There will be refreshments. You’ll be able to write your name with chalk on the new highway and have your picture taken with your effort.

After the opening ceremony, dignitaries will take part in an inaugural vehicle procession along the new stretch of road. They’ll be followed by drivers from area car clubs.

If you want to get involved in the opening celebration you’re asked to call the Lake Country Chamber at 250-766-5670. You can also fire them an email at manager@lakecountry chamber.com.

The new piece of highway will divert traffic around the deadly stretch of Highway 97 around Wood Lake. The old highway will be called the Pelmewash Parkway. The province will drop the speed limit to 50 km/h. Eventually the road will be handed over the District of Lake Country.

To contact the reporter for this story, email halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331.

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