Okanagan commuters schedules halted after rock slide

Highway 97 remains closed after a rock slide on Saturday

Okanagan College students and professors are marooned.

The rock slide that has shut down Highway 97 over the weekend is now affecting the work week for many people who commute to work or school in the Okanagan.

Megan Potter, organizer for the Okanagan College Student Union at the Penticton campus travelled to Kelowna last week and now considers herself lucky because she can work remotely from the Kelowna campus until the rocks slide is cleared.

RELATED: Highway 97 near Summerland still closed, alternate route highlighted

“I am stuck here today,” said Potter. “We are monitoring events and postponing activities (on campus) and I am trying to make it known to students and staff that I am here to answer any questions and concerns that they have.”

Potter says that for some classes midterm exams have already started and that some classes have gone digital to stay on track.

“A large mixture of staff and students are being impacted by this,” said Potter.

Les, a dispatcher at Van-Kam Freightways Ltd. says that they too are affected by the highway closure. They cannot get freight to the south end of the valley.

“We are not making any of our appointments at this time, because all of our freight comes from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. They are on schedule, but we can’t maintain our schedule,” said Les.

Highway 97 remains closed north of Summerland and rock scalers are continuing to work the slope. The rock scaling team, geotechnical engineers and other experts have identified a blast line that is being drilled for blasting this afternoon according to Penticton MLA Dan Ashton.

After the blasting, further evaluation will be required to ensure slope stability has been obtained. When the slope has been stabilized, debris removal can occur and limited traffic flow can begin again.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Active transportation gets easier in Kelowna

Skateboards, scooters to share roadways with cyclists following bylaw update

Starbucks gets Kelowna councillors seal of approval

New coffee shop to open in Taco Time building

Survive an Apocalypse in Kelowna with this virtual game

Apocolypse Made Easy is an interactive online survival game

RCMP spike belts help nab alleged Okanagan truck thieves

RCMP arrested two Kelowna men who attempted to evade two spike belts

Raptors announcer credited with calming massive crowd after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Women sue former Vancouver cop over alleged sexual abuse during pimp case

Two women claim James Fisher caused psychological trauma during the Reza Moazami investigation

First ever Indigenous person to join the RCMP to be honoured in B.C.

Hawk Kelly said becoming a Mountie was his dream job as a kid

Sexting teens at risk of harms including depression, substance use: study

Use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be associated with sexting

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

International Trade Minister Jim Carr described the decision as ‘very significant’

Rascal Flatts extend summer tour to the South Okanagan

Rascal Flatts create a Forever Summer Playlist tour extending it into the fall

Mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of B.C. inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused B.C. cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Most Read