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New Study Looks to Improve Peachland Roads

The City of Peachland is going under the microscope to look at options for a possible change to Highway 97.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is launching a new study to look at transportation alternatives for Peachland, including the possibility of creating an alternate route that would go around Peachland, or improving the existing highway.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Gov </who> The city of Peachland could see changes to Highway 97 following a study by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

An alternate route would come in the form of a bypass, while improvements to the road would likely expand the highway through Peachland to four lanes.

The study comes after the release of technical work done by the Central Okanagan Planning Council, which found that there was increased traffic along Highway 97.

"This is a growing region and there is a great deal of local tourism, and so this study will be taking all of this into account as it studies how future transportation needs through Peachland are best addressed,” said Pentiction MLA Dan Ashton.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Todd Stone, is encouraging members of the community to share their own ideas for traffic solutions, as is Peachland Mayor, Cindy Fortin. Mayor Fortin said the study is good news for the community, as residents will finally get some answers on the future of their roads.

The transportation study will begin immediately, while the public will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas beginning in the spring of 2016.

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