Highway 97 north of Summerland could be open by end of week

Detour in place as crews continue to clear rock slide and stabilize area

ROAD WORK Crews are working to clear a rock slide on Highway 97 north of Summerland. If there are no further delays and if there is no further slide movement, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure expects the road could be open by this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Highway 97 north of Summerland could be open to traffic by the end of this week as crews continue to clear a rock slide in the area.

“We’re doing everything possible to have the highway open to traffic as soon as possible,” said Mike Lorimer, Executive Director of Highway Operations for the Southern Interior Region.

There has been no new movement at the slide since Friday and officials with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure expect the highway will be open to traffic by the end of next week if there are no further weather challenges or slide movement.

Construction and scaling crews have been making progress at the site.

Excavators continued to pull down material over the weekend and will continue breaking and pulling down rock this week.

Scalers are not required now as work can safely be completed by heavy equipment, but there may still need to be a few more sections scaled or blasted

The slide occurred on the evening of Jan. 31. Since Feb. 2, the road has been closed to traffic at the slide area, but a detour is in place around the site.

The Callan Road detour is open 24 hours a day, with occasional stoppages for blasting work.

The speed limit through the detour is 30 kilometres an hour.

Commercial vehicles wider than 3.8 metres are only allowed through the detour between midnight and 5 a.m.

Pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed in the detour.

Motorists from Summerland say the detour does not add much time to a drive to or from Kelowna.

“It was fair to good conditions. A little rough on the short gravel patch in and out of the Callan Road detour,” Peg Barcelo said in a Facebook comment. “Got to Kelowna in the usual time frame as before the slide.”

Just Posted

Kelowna artist featured on furniture

Shandra Smith’s work is now available on credenzas

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

Man pinned under metal tank in West Kelowna

Emergency personnel are on the scene

Mudslide sends debris into Highway

Highway 33 near Joe Rich had mud spilled on the highway from the slide

Kangaroo Creek Farm hops into season

Lake Country’s popular tourist site has opened its doors for the season

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Sock Hop aims to send dancers back to another time

Writers’ Festival fundraiser in Salmon Arm springs into step for another year

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Penticton SAR team helicopters injured climber to safety

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

Kootnekoff: R v. Sidhu, was he asleep?

Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted at time of collision with bus,… Continue reading

Most Read