A contract worth $1.08 million has been awarded to Arthon Contractors Inc. to improve access and safety at the Highway 97/Bailey Road intersection.
The upgrade of the intersection will improve the safety of access to the Predator Ridge Golf Course development and the Commonage Road area of Vernon, from Highway 97.
The improved intersection will also increase the safety of Highway 97 motorists by highlighting the intersection and improving the turn from Bailey Road onto the highway.
“We all recall the tragic accident last spring that led to the first phase of safety improvements at this intersection,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “This is an important intersection for local residents, industry and tourists. Ongoing projects like this may not be glamorous, but necessary.”
“This last phase of work will improve the safety of motorists entering and leaving the intersection from Bailey Road, reducing concerns for recreational, industrial and local travellers alike,” added Kelowna-Lake Countr MLA Norm Letnick.
“A wider, more efficient intersection means drivers get where they’re going faster, safer, and happier,” Letnick said.
This project involves construction of a new acceleration lane on Highway 97 for motorists turning south towards Kelowna from Bailey Road, extension of the left and right turn lanes on Highway 97, and installation of rumble strips on Bailey Road to warn motorists that they are approaching a stop sign. The improvements will be kept on the existing alignment.
This work will build on the first phase of the project, which was completed last summer.
The first phase included improvements to signage approaching the intersection, the installation of a flashing beacon to warn motorists of the intersection and placement of radar-activated speed warning signs.
The maximum traffic delay is expected to be 20 minutes. Work should be completed by Aug. 31.