SPALLUMCHEEN, BC, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Construction to upgrade Highway
97A to four lanes near Armstrong is complete, improving safety along
this important stretch of highway that serves communities between
Vernon and Sicamous.
The completion was celebrated today by Okanagan-Shuswap Member of
Parliament Colin Mayes, and Shuswap Member of the Legislative Assembly
George Abbott, who attended on behalf of Transportation and
Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom.
"Our government is pleased to invest in projects that create jobs and
improve infrastructure in our communities," said MP Mayes. "These
important upgrades to Highway 97A will improve safety, reduce travel
time and promote long-term economic growth in the region."
"We've moved to four lanes and improved the intersections along this
corridor," said MLA Abbott. "With wider shoulders, a centre median,
concrete roadside barriers and rumble strips, this will be a safer
drive, and make a significant difference for residents and tourists
Four kilometres of Highway 97A were widened to four lanes, from Pleasant
Valley Cross Road to Lansdowne Road. At the Smith Road intersection,
safety was improved with the construction of a protected "tee"
intersection and northbound acceleration lane. Left turn bays and
deceleration lanes were added or extended at five other key
intersections along the route.
With this project complete, Highway 97A is now four lanes between Vernon
"I am really pleased to see the completion of this project," said
Township of Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma. "It will certainly enhance
the safety at the Smith Drive and a number of other intersections that
were of major concern to the Township. It is going to be a terrific
benefit to the Township of Spallumcheen residents and vehicular traffic
alike, with much improved access to Highway 97A. We are very
appreciative of the support that the Ministry of Transportation has
provided to the Township."
The project was valued at $20.2 million. The province invested $13.6
million, and the Government of Canada contributed $6.6 million through
the Building Canada Fund. An estimated 125 direct jobs were created
over the life of the project.
Highway 97A is an important route for trade and tourism. It links
Highway 97 from the province's southern border to the Trans-Canada
Highway at Sicamous. This work will help ensure goods can get to
market, while improving safety for those who live on or along the
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SOURCE Government of British Columbia
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