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South Perimeter Road can't come soon enough to relieve Mission traffic

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January 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA - Plans to build South Perimeter Road are slowly moving forward.

In response to the congestion in the upper mission area, Kelowna City Councillor Mohini Singh says the road is needed as soon as possible.

“We’ve heard the residents in the upper mission area and understand there is a problem in terms of traffic,” says Singh. “We hope this project can move forward soon.”

The road has been in the City’s Official Community Plan since the mid 90s. It will connect the Ponds development with Crawford Estates.

The two lane roadway is valued at $7.6 million. The road would go from Gordon Dr., just below Steele Road, across Bellevue Creek and end at the top of Stewart Rd. West.

Currently the City is working with the developer to finalize the agreement.

“We hope to get this agreement done within the next few months,” says Joel Shaw, Infrastructure Planning Manager for the City of Kelowna. “Ideally we’d love to begin construction by the end of this year.”

In a recent public council meeting surrounding a proposed development in Kettle Valley, residents expressed their concern over traffic in the area, saying in the mornings it can take half an hour to go five blocks.

With the ongoing development in the upper mission area, as well as a middle school proposal in the Ponds, and future plans for an elementary school in Crawford Estates, the population in the area is only expected to increase.

The proposed South Perimeter road with go across Bellevue Creek, connecting Gordon Dr. with Stewart Rd. West.
The proposed South Perimeter road with go across Bellevue Creek, connecting Gordon Dr. with Stewart Rd. West.
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Close-up view of City plans for South Perimeter Road.
Close-up view of City plans for South Perimeter Road.
Image Credit: City of Kelowna

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