Traffic realigned on Highway 97

West Kelowna drivers may have noticed that their commute on Highway 97 was slightly more winding on Tuesday morning.

And it’s going to be that way until next summer.

The transition to realign traffic between Westside and Boucherie Roads began on Monday evening around 7 p.m.

Evelyn Lube, communications supervisor for the Westside Road Interchange Project, said the transition “went smooth.”

“The purpose of the realignment is to keep traffic moving while we do the excavation and create the underpass,” said Lube.

“The realignment (will) keep two lanes of traffic in each direction moving right through the remainder of the project.”

The project is set to be complete by the summer of 2012.

A couple weeks ago, phase one of the project was completed with the official opening of the Westside Road Interchange.

Since the overpass was opened, Lube said there haven’t been any problems.

Lube warned motorists to be cautious as the speed limit is still 60 km/h throughout the realigned portion.

“We hope that people respect the 60 km/h construction zone. There are going to be workers and equipment beginning this week,” said Lube.

“There will be a lot of activity so we encourage motorists to keep their eyes on the road and obey the speed limit.”



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