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Department of Transportation plans further safety reviews along Highway 97 in Kaleden – Penticton News

Road safety study continues

As the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure gave the go-ahead to review options for a protected turn lane last week for the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 3A near Kaleden, their review work on this stretch of road is not yet complete.

In a MOTI statement, it was explained that ministry staff will conduct traffic analysis on Highway 97 in the Kaleden area, which is north of Junction 3A, in the summer to collect data on volumes. and movements during peak traffic.

Subrina Monteith, Kaleden Regional Manager, previously said the section of road had not seen any improvements in years.

Residents launched a petition hoping to see some changes including the southbound expressway changed to a left turn only lane along the stretch of freeway. There are limited options to turn into Kaleden Enterprises heading south without going through a double yellow line.

“The traffic has only gotten worse over the years,” Heather King, spokesperson for the petition, previously told Castanet. “In particular, we had a lot of trucks that don’t know how to drive this section of narrow road. The speed is way too high and we have people rushing in, coming from north to south.

Last week, three major accidents blocked traffic along the highway.

The ministry will also review the accident history in the area during its study.

“The information gathered through this analysis will be used to generate options for future safety improvements to Highway 97 in the Kaleden area. This work is expected to take place this fall,” MOTI said.

The review work will focus on generating different options for future upgrades later this year before deciding what construction might follow.