Purpose

The Central Okanagan Planning Study is examing the Central Okanagan to understand and explore the transportation needs of the area. The study will look at route options including preferred locations for a future alternate lake crossing and potential timing for future project planning purposes.

Your input will help determine the collective interests that need to be considered in developing requirements and potential options for future transportation improvements in the Central Okanagan. The Ministry will consider input from this consultation in conjunction with existing provincial plans, technical data and local government input as it works to develop the picture of future needs for discussion and further public consultation.

Work to date has considered:

  • The performance of the corridor, including congestion and safety factors.
  • Travel patterns, the role and function of the Highway 97 corridor and the W.R. Bennett Bridge, and the needs of all users, including car drivers, goods movers, transit riders, carpoolers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Connection to and support for local, regional, provincial and national growth and transportation plans.
  • Trends in population, economic development, land use, sustainability initiatives, community livability, traffic and travel modes in the Central Okanagan.
  • Your experience with respect to all of the above.
  • Future transportation needs.
  • Possible improvement options for the long and near-to-intermediate term
  • Your input

Next Steps

The study team has generated a range of preliminary corridor options The options take into account existing and future conditions on the corridor and they consider public feedback received to date through earlier phases of consultation. They are described for public review and comment in a new Consultation Companion booklet and displays for the Spring 2017 engagement milestone marked by the following open house sessions:

Monday, March 27, 2017
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Winfield Memorial Hall
10130 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country, B.C.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm
Ramada Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre
2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Westbank Lions Community Centre
2466 Main Street, West Kelowna, B.C.

To complete the study we will identify advanced improvement options for the long term, including recommendations for timing. We may also identify some nearer-term improvements which, like those that are already under way, will address some of the more immediate issues on the corridor.

Public and stakeholder engagement are essential to the success of this study, which benefits from the knowledge and experience of those who travel in and through the Central Okanagan. The project team is already working with local governments, including First Nations.