Highway 97 near Summerland to partially reopen Monday evening

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Highway 97 partially reopens near Summerland
Good news for South Okanagan travelers, as Highway 97 has partially reopened. The section of highway has been closed since late August and although a significant step forward, officials say the work is far from over. Taya Fast reports. – Sep 12, 2023

Highway 97 near Summerland, B.C., will partially reopen several days earlier than expected.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MotI) announced that the highway will be open to single-lane alternating traffic as of 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11.

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Creative ways around highway closure

The highway has been closed since Aug. 28 due to a significant rockslide.

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Over the past two weeks, contractors have built a large lock-block wall to protect the highway from falling rock.

“Crews continue work to build a 150-metre-long berm between the wall and the bottom of the slope,” read the MotI release.

“The berm is partially complete and has significantly slowed movement of the material at the site, allowing the furthest lane from the slope to reopen to single-lane-alternating travel.”

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Work continues on rockslide near Summerland

Drivers, however, can expect up to 30-minute delays during peak travel times.

And according to the Ministry, this portion of the road could be closed again with limited notice if it is deemed unsafe.

“The site will be at greater likelihood of closure should heavy rainfall occur,” MotI adds.

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There is no timeline as to when the highway will fully reopen.

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