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Penticton issuing tender to improve Highway 97 safety

DCN-JOC News Services
Penticton issuing tender to improve Highway 97 safety

PENTICTON, B.C. — A tender is set to be issued for improvements to the intersection of Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Drive/Sandhill Road in Penticton, B.C.

The safety upgrades build upon temporary lights installed at the high-traffic intersection last year. The upgraded intersection will include a new left-turn lane at Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Drive/Sandhill Road, along with new sidewalks and wider shoulders. 

A portion of Skaha Hills Road will be relocated to provide better sightlines for safety, a B.C. government release said, and work will also include improved drainage systems.

“After years of negotiations, including two previous band councils, the Skaha Hills project is a key example of collaboration between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the snpink’tn (Penticton) Indian Band, with its objective to promote safe driving conditions at an increasingly busy Skaha intersection,” yilmixwm Chief Greg Gabriel said in a release. “All involved have designed upgrades that will ensure road safety for band members, pedestrians and drivers alike.”

The project is scheduled to start in fall 2023 and completion is expected in summer 2024.

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