Stretch of Highway 97 in Kelowna to close overnight this weekend

The portion of Highway 97 between Edwards Road and Sexmith/Old Vernon Road will be closed for utilities work.

The detour route that the ministry has set up.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is advising motorists to find another way around a portion of  Highway 97 between the intersections with Sexsmith/Old Vernon Road and Edwards Road in Kelowna this weekend.

That stretch of Highway 97 will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30 to 5 a.m. Sunday, May 1 while utilities work is conducted as part of the six-laning project on the highway between Edwards Road and Highway 33

The ministry says a detour route will be set up.

For traffic heading north on Highway 97, the detour will funnel traffic east on Old Vernon Road, then north on Acland Road and west on Edwards Road back out to the highway.

For traffic heading south on Highway 97 the detour will direct traffic west onto Edwards Road, south onto Adams Road and then east on Sexsmith Road back to the highway.

The ministry says in order to minimize inconvenience to motorists, the utilities work will be done during the night when traffic will be the lightest.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time to reach their destinations, especially the Kelonwa airport, and are asked to drive with caution, follow all signs and watch for traffic control personnel.

The work is being done as part of the widening and upgrading of four kilometres of Highway 97 from Highway 33 to Edwards Road.