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$1M for additional paving on Westside Road


July 11, 2013
By Rock to Road

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July 11, 2013, West Kelowna,
B.C. – Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark announced an additional $1
million for paving work on Westside Road. This is in addition to the $5.5
million in work already underway this year on Westside Road.

"Westside Road serves a
number of the Okanagan's most popular resorts and campgrounds, as well as over
a thousand residents," said Premier Clark. "It's not acceptable to
have it named B.C.'s worst road. With over $6.5 million in improvements this
year, we're going to continue to invest in Westside Road, and make it safer for
everyone."

Starting later in July, approximately
five kilometres of intermittent paving will be carried out along a 15-kilometre
section of the road between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing. This work will
smooth out the ride and improve safety for residents and tourists. The project
is valued at $1 million.

This work builds on the
previously announced four kilometres of paving work between Caesar's Landing
and Nahun, valued at $650,000, bringing the total length of paving on Westside
Road this year to over nine kilometres.

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In addition, the $3 million
project to improve lane and shoulder widths and realign a 500-metre section of
Westside Road from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek is on schedule and nearly
complete.

Work completed on Westside
Road this year includes a northbound slow-moving-vehicle pullout near Wilson
Landing, and 380 metres of realignment and widening with concrete roadside
barrier installation at Cinnabar Creek. Work still underway includes a
southbound slow-moving-vehicle pullout 1.5 kilometres north of Bear Lake Forest
Service Road near Pine Point.

The government of B.C. has
increased investment in Westside Road in recent years, to make travel safer and
more efficient. Realignment, paving and slow-moving-vehicle pullout projects
total $10.3 million since 2008, including $6.5 million this year alone.

Since 2001, the B.C.
government has invested more than $600 million in upgrading highways, roads,
bridges and transit in the Okanagan.