Okanagan Valley Corridor

The Okanagan Valley Corridor is a gateway for international trade, linking the U.S. to the northern half of B.C., as well as regions east and west. Continuing to improve the capacity and reliability of the corridor is a priority. Planned improvements include highway widening, safety enhancements, and new transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

The new four-lane, nine-kilometre section of Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama is officially open to traffic.

The corridor links communities and urban centres including Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm as well as serving commuter demands between rural areas and population centres. Traffic includes agriculture, tourism, recreation, forestry and mining.

Population is projected to continue to grow rapidly through the Okanagan Valley, which will lead to further diversification of the economy through expansion in retail trade, construction, tourism and service industries. This growth is placing increasing traffic demands on Highway 97, Highway 97A and 97B. These infrastructure improvements address the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, and reflect the objectives identified by communities as part of the 2011 Okanagan Valley Traffic Symposium.