Project from Start to Finish: Highway 97 Westside Interchange
Location: Kelowna/Okanagan, British Columbia
Funding Program: Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component
Federal Contribution: $10,970,000
Heavy population growth in the Okanagan Valley is increasing traffic demands on Highway 97, the area's main transportation corridor. With a financial contribution from the federal government, the province made a number of major infrastructure projects to improve traffic flow. For example, the at-level intersection of Westside Road and the Okanagan Highway was previously prone to heavy congestion, increasing the risk of accidents and slowing the regional transportation network. The traffic lights were replaced with a new overpass, with on and off-ramps to keep traffic moving more efficiently. A second overpass at Sneena Road is also preventing traffic slowdowns and further reduces the risk of accidents.
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