The Phase 1 results of the Peachland Transportation Study have been released, identifying three preferred route options that will improve safety and travel times along the Highway 97 corridor in the B.C. Interior.

The Peachland Transportation Study is looking at both short- and long-term transportation improvements to Highway 97 through and around the District of Peachland. The study is examining current and projected conditions on the Highway 97 corridor and is considering demographics, community plans, and regional transportation needs as part of the identification of the ultimate long-term solution for the highway.

Through public engagement and consultation with local governments, Indigenous communities and other community organizations, the ministry has identified two preferred alternative routes that bypass the community and one preferred existing route along the current highway.

The second phase of the study, which will be completed in spring 2020, will include further engagement with community members, stakeholders and local and Indigenous governments, and will determine the final corridor decision.

This work is being carried out in conjunction with the ministry’s Central Okanagan Planning Study (COPS). It is building on technical work from COPS, including traffic counts, future traffic growth projections, the needs of the travelling public, and community land-use plans.

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