Highway 97 through Kelowna gets $50.2 million upgrade
The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced new funding Thursday for the expansion and upgrade of over 4.5 kilometres of Highway 97 through Kelowna.
This project will widen Highway 97 between Highway 33 and Edwards Road from four to six lanes and upgrade intersections along the same stretch.
Widening the highway and reconstructing congested intersections will increase capacity, make travel safer and better connect the downtown core with the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus.
These improvements will also benefit commuters to areas north of downtown including the Quail Ridge residential area, the Kelowna Airport and the Industrial Park.
The Government of Canada is setting aside up to $18 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component for this project, with the Province of British Columbia providing $32.2 million, for a total project cost of $50.2 million.
Federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all of the requirements under the Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement with the province.
Preliminary work is underway. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and should be completed by fall 2016. This work will build on the $1.3 billion invested in highway improvements in the Thompson-Okanagan since 2001.