West Kelowna slows down drivers on Boucherie Road
Drivers will have more time to enjoy the newly improved Westside wine route—because they will be travelling slower.
Council voted to reduce the speed limit along Boucherie Road—between Stuart Road and Highway 97—from 60 km/h to 50 km/h during Tuesday’s council meeting.
In 2012, the section of Boucherie Road, from Stuart Road to Highway 97, was upgraded to a “wine route” standard.
The roadway now contains curb and gutter, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaped medians and ornamental street lighting.
“With the upgrade of Boucherie Road to the wine route status...the geometry, the site conditions, the driveways and slope, it’s appropriate to reduce that to 50 km/h, mainly for safety,” said director of engineering, Gary O’Rourke.
Coun. David Knowles said he was puzzled why a recently improved road now requires a lower speed.
“Improving it doesn’t necessarily mean you can drive a certain speed; some very nice roads are built to keep cars at a lot less than 50,” said O’Rourke.
“I think if we really looked at it, it probably should have been 50 (km/h) before.”
Mayor Doug Findlater said he supported the speed limit reduction because the new wine route is built for increased cyclist and pedestrian traffic.
Coun. Duane Ophus also agreed with the speed reduction, but noted it will be “a fairly significant” change for people who are used to driving the street.
O’Rourke said the district may wish to reduce the speed limit along more of Boucherie Road in the future.