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Median, roadside barricades to be installed on stretches of Hwy 97, 97A

FILE PHOTO: A grey Lexus hit the centre median on Highway 97 north of Penticton on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Skylar Noe-Vack
July 31, 2020 - 9:30 AM

This fall, barricades will be installed along several stretches of Highway 97 and Highway 97A in the Okanagan.

They'll go in sections between Penticton and Summerland and between Vernon and Armstrong. According to a media release from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the barricades will be put on the busy areas of highway to prevent head-on collisions and increase safety.

"Improving safety for people is our top priority and installing median barriers along sections of the highway ensures an added layer of protection for travellers," says Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure in a media release. "This project will benefit those travelling in the Okanagan, whether it be for daily errands, business or pleasure."

Two tenders will be issued for the projects, with the first being the installation of the centre median and roadside barriers on Highway 97 between West Bench Hill Road and Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park. That project will span eight kilometres and connect the new roadside barrier with an existing one.

The second tender will see the installation of a continuous median barrier on a nearly six kilometre stretch of Highway 97A between Smith Drive in Armstrong and Vernon’s Pleasant Valley Road.

Drivers may face minor delays during the projects, but the installations will occur outside of the peak traffic hours. Drivers are reminded of the construction zone speed changes that will be in place during the projects.

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