Highway 97-Boucherie Road intersection in West Kelowna to be reconfigured

Transportation minister announces a series of changes coming to the highway through West Kelowna.

An illustration of what the reconfigured intersection at Highway 97 and Boucherie Road in West Kelowna would look like.

The Ministry of Transportation has announced it will redesign the Highway 97 intersection with Boucherie Road in West Kelowna as part of a number of changes it plans to make to the highway.

“Public feedback expressed strong support for the ministry’s conceptual layout to improve safety and traffic flow at the Boucherie Road intersection and our next step will be to initiate preliminary design at that location,”  said Transportation and

Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone in making the announcement.

Other changes planned include:

• Installing approximately six kilometres of continuous lighting on Highway 97 from the Bennett Bridge to Ross Road

• Installing approximately four kilometres of median barrier on Highway

97 from Daimler Drive to Gossett Road

• Taking a closer look at an alternate route around the Westbank town centre.

“The City of West Kelowna’s mayor and council have expressed a desire for an alternate route around the city and changes to Highway 97 through the Westbank Town Centre,” Stone said.

“In recognition of these concerns, the ministry will defer work at Westlake Road while we carry out a needs and options assessment for an alternative route. This assessment will take place within the Central Okanagan Planning Study, which is currently underway.”

An report detailing public response to the stated plans for the future of the Boucherie Road and the Westlake Road intersections in West Kelowna is now posted on the ministry’s website. It follows a public engagement period that included two open houses in the spring that were attended by almost 400 people.

Stone said 74 per cent of respondents either strongly agreed or agreed with the Boucherie Road intersection conceptual layout presented  at the open houses.

In 2014, the ministry began planning improvements to the Highway 97 intersections at Boucherie Road and Westlake Road to increase safety and mobility along the highway corridor.

The two intersections were identified as the ones most in need of safety and mobility improvements following the completion of the Bennett Bridge and Westside Road Interchange.

“As the economy and population of the Okanagan both continue to grow, infrastructure needs to keep pace,” said Premier Christy Clark about the road work plans. Clark is also the MLA for Westside-Kelowna.



























Just Posted

Late night confrontation between two men in Peachland

RCMP was called to the scene of a physcial encounter on Saturday evening where one man was injured

Kelowna hotel suffers water damage

Guests at the Royal Anne Hotel in Bernard were greeted by firefighters last night

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Hodge: You can’t make this stuff up

Kelowna columnist with a story that proves in life, it’s never too late

UPDATED: Man dies after struck by vehicle

A man died after being hit by a vehicle in West Kelowna

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

First-place Warriors edge Caps, visit ‘Backs today

West Kelowna scores twice in 25 seconds early in third to overtake Cowichan Valley in BCHL action

Grab a book; thank your librarian

All libraries are cornerstones of their communities and we celebrate them during library month

Five decades of volunteering

Even though she is approaching 70, Merle kindred continues to volunteer around the world

Twarynski trick sends Rockets past ‘Hawks

Rockets end five-game winless streak with victory Friday over Portland

Vehicle leaves scene after striking lamp post

After hitting a lamp post on Springfield Road, a vehicle has left the scene

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Most Read