Contract awarded for Hwy. 97 upgrades
By Andrew Macklin
March 4, 2016 – A $36-million contract has been awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for the second phase of six-laning on Highway 97 through Kelowna, increasing capacity and making travel safer along this busy corridor.
“Kelowna and the surrounding communities continue to grow in population, which is why it’s vital to invest in transportation infrastructure to meet increasing demand,” said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “With this announcement, the project is taking a major step toward completion.”
“Our design team has been working hard for the past two-and-a-half years to produce a design that meets the needs of the community,” said transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone.
The expansion and upgrade of over four kilometres of Highway 97 from Highway 33 to Edwards Road will improve safety and efficiency for all users of the highway and better connect Kelowna’s downtown core with surrounding areas. Initial construction on this $60-million project began last year with the realignment of Finns Road, which was completed in December 2015.
“As the fastest growing region in Canada for the past two years, we’re very pleased to see the Province invest in this transportation infrastructure improvement,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “This project will make travel through our city safer and more convenient.”
Construction is anticipated to commence early this spring with completion in fall of 2017.