Westside Road gets $1 million for additional paving

Premier Christy Clark announces $1 million in additional funding for paving along Westside Road.  - Alistair Waters/Capital News
Premier Christy Clark announces $1 million in additional funding for paving along Westside Road.
— image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Premier Christy Clark announced an additional $1 million

for paving work on Westside Road at a press conference this morning.

This is in addition to the $5.5 million in work already underway this year on Westside Road, improving safety on a corridor

important to local residents and the Okanagan tourism industry.

"Westside Road serves a number of the Okanagan's most popular resorts and campgrounds, as well as over a thousand residents," said Premier Clark. "It's not acceptable to have it named B.C.'s worst road. With over $6.5 million in improvements this year, we're going to continue to invest in Westside Road, and make it safer for everyone."

Starting later in July, approximately five kilometres of intermittent paving will be carried out along a 15-kilometre section of the road between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing. This work will smooth out the ride and improve safety for residents and tourists. The project is valued at $1 million.

This work builds on the previously announced four kilometres of paving work between Caesar's Landing and Nahun, valued at $650,000, bringing the total length of paving on Westside Road this year to over nine kilometres.

In addition, the $3-million project to improve lane and shoulder widths and realign a 500-metre section of Westside Road from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek is on schedule and nearly complete.

Work completed on Westside Road this year includes a northbound slow-moving- vehicle pullout near Wilson Landing, and 380 metres of realignment and widening with concrete roadside barrier installation at Cinnabar Creek. Work still underway includes a southbound slow-moving-vehicle pullout 1.5 kilometres north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road near Pine Point.

The provincial government  has increased investment in Westside Road in recent years, to make travel safer and more efficient. Realignment, paving and slow- moving-vehicle pullout projects total $10.3 million since 2008, including $6.5 million this year alone.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $600 million in upgrading highways, roads, bridges and transit in the Okanagan.

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