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Contract awarded for Kelowna underpass


December 20, 2013
By Rock to Road

December 13, 2013, West Kelowna, B.C. – Emil Anderson
Construction Inc. has been awarded a $9.3 million contract to build a two-lane
underpass below Highway 97 on Sneena Road.

December 13, 2013, West Kelowna, B.C. – Emil Anderson
Construction Inc. has been awarded a $9.3 million contract to build a two-lane
underpass below Highway 97 on Sneena Road.

When the project is complete, Sneena Road will pass beneath
Highway 97, providing access to lands on either side of the highway. The
associated road works will restore connections to roads within the Westbank
First Nation.

This project is being delivered in partnership with the
Westbank First Nation and will honour a longstanding commitment made between
B.C. and the Westbank First Nation to provide safe and efficient access at
Sneena Road. The B.C. government will fund the majority of the project, with
the Westbank First Nation providing the required land and additional road
upgrade costs.

This project will fulfill a commitment included as part of
the 2005 Agreement between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
and the Westbank First Nation. Previous improvements carried out under the 2005
Agreement are the western approaches to the William R. Bennett Bridge, the
Campbell Road Interchange and the Westside Road Interchange.

During construction, all five lanes of Highway 97 traffic
will be re-routed around the construction site, to ensure that the construction
can be completed safely and efficiently, and to minimize any traffic
disruptions. Construction will begin in spring 2014, with project completion
scheduled for fall 2014.