KELOWNA, B.C. — Safety improvements to Westside Road, located along Okanagan Lake in British Columbia’s Southern Interior, are now complete. The project cost $7 million.
Work took place between La Casa Resort and Muir Road and included steep embankments down to Okanagan Lake.
Approximately 1.3 kilometres of land was widened and straightened to improve sightlines and guardrails were installed to keep vehicles from leaving the road. A paved shoulder was added to create space for cyclists and pedestrians.
The project also included crossing improvements for pedestrian safety at the intersection of Westside Road and Barcelona Drive, which was completed in May.
Previous completed work on the road included work from Four Mile Creek to Waterfront Farm, a 1.3-kilometre stretch involving widening and alignment corrections, paved shoulders, rock fall protection and concrete roadside barriers in steep sections, as well as work from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse completed in 2015. In all, the work spans 65 kilometres.
Another part of the Westside Road project, 1.3 kilometres from Pine Point to Four Mile Creek, will cost $15 million and will involve widening and minor alignment corrections, rock fall protection, paved shoulders and concrete road barriers for steep sections. This section of the project is in the investigation and design phase, with design complete in preparation for funding and construction.