The corridor has been studied in the past, resulting in the identification of route improvements. Many of these have been completed or initiated, such as the W. R. Bennett Bridge, the Westside Road Interchange, Highway 97 six-laning from Highway 33 to Edwards Road, four-laning from Winfield to Oyama and HOV lanes in Kelowna.
This planning study draws on previous and current studies, including those that have led to plans for future safety and mobility improvements at intersections through Westbank First Nation and West Kelowna. In addition, it considers the inputs and outcomes of the 2011 Okanagan Valley Transportation Symposium while taking into account changes that have occurred or are expected in local, regional and provincial infrastructure and travel patterns. Map 1 shows the Study Area.
B.C. on the Move was an extensive engagement process in fall 2014. The engagement included a public survey that drew over 12,500 responses from throughout B.C. Concurrently, ministry staff held over 100 meetings throughout the province with First Nations, local governments, transportation authorities and other interested stakeholders to gather information on local and regional priorities. The regional information and records from the conversations that took place in the Okanagan are available.