What We’ve Heard to Date
Spring 2015 Engagement Milestone
The study’s first major public engagement milestone was marked with public open houses in May 2015 in Kelowna and West Kelowna, accompanied by online consultation. By June 1, 2015, a total of 1,889 people had viewed the materials, with 223 feedback forms completed.
Most participants indicated they use the Highway 97 corridor regularly. The preferred mode of travel for respondents from all areas is overwhelmingly the automobile. While transit was the second or third choice for many, there were more respondents who choose to cycle as their second or third choice. Total respondents riding bicycles outnumbered those who use transit.
Respondents overwhelmingly indicated that the results of the corridor performance assessment matched their own experience. Congestion is considered the most serious issue on the corridor, with safety a somewhat distant second. Many expressed the view that the current situation is obvious and were eager to proceed to solutions.
View the complete Public Engagement Report.
Fall 2015 Engagement Milestone
The second major public engagement milestone included open houses on November 30 and December 1, 2015, with specific online input collected to December 31, 2015.
For this milestone, the study team reported on estimated future travel demand, and sought input on the role of Highway 97, solutions to future traffic congestion and the location of a possible future second crossing of Okanagan Lake.
During this active engagement period, 1,458 people viewed the information and 267 completed feedback forms.
Respondents generally appeared to favour an alternate route to Highway 97 and another bridge to address traffic congestion. However, there was also significant support for reducing congestion by replacing signals with overpasses and other access control measures. Those who favoured an additional bridge tended to favour a location to the north of the existing W.R. Bennett Bridge. View the complete Public Engagement Report.
The opportunity to provide feedback is ongoing, and the input received will continue to be considered in identifying solutions that will actually address future needs