SUMMERLAND, B.C. — A stretch of highway near Summerland, B.C. is getting a safety upgrade.
The province announced that crews will be installing median barriers on a section of Highway 97.
A $671,000 contract has been awarded to Kelowna-based Kon Kast Products Ltd. The company will install concrete median barriers along a 4.2-kilometre stretch of Highway 97 between Bentley Road and Callan Road.
Officials noted the barriers will limit the risk of head-on collisions and crossover incidents, particularly during night and in poor weather. Work is expected to start this spring when weather permits and be completed by late May.
New barriers have already been installed along sections of the highway between Penticton and Summerland. The province also plans to build barriers on a 5.9-kilometre section of Highway 97A between Armstrong and Vernon.
The province noted travellers will experience some delays during construction, but plans to have the work carried out during low-traffic times.