Highway 97 - Peachland Transportation Study

The Central Okanagan area has experienced strong economic and population growth, accompanied by increasing highway traffic volumes. As the only north-south link connecting Okanagan communities, Highway 97 is vital to the region’s economy. The segment through Peachland is the last remaining two-lane highway between Penticton and Vernon.

The Highway 97 – Peachland Transportation study is exploring options for improving future safety and mobility for the corridor. As part of the Okanagan Lake Second Crossing project, the study is examining current and projected conditions on the Highway 97 corridor, and considering demographics, community plans, traffic and safety reports.

In addition to shorter-term improvements, the current phase of the study will recommend two potential longer-term improvement scenarios:

  1. One preferred option using the existing corridor
  2. One preferred option using an alternate route

In this phase, the study will not make a recommendation between existing corridor and alternate route scenarios. After the current phase is complete, the Ministry will initiate the next phase of the study to select a preferred solution between the online or alternate route options.

Community Engagement

See Community Engagement for detailed information about the ongoing dialogue with local governments, First Nations, stakeholders and the public, as well as study results to date.

Status

Transportation Study Schedule

  • Project initiated Winter 2015/2016
  • Current conditions assessment Winter 2015/2016
  • Future conditions assessment Winter 2015/2016
  • Options generation and assessment Spring 2016 to Fall 2016
  • Options recommendations Fall 2016 - Winter 2017
  • Public engagement Winter 2015 through 2017