Kelowna’s Westside Road Gets Another Boost from B.C. Government

An earlier project to improve lane and shoulder widths from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek is nearly complete

 

Kelowna’s Westside Road receives $1 million for paving project

The B.C. government is clearly committed to removing Kelowna’s Westside Road’s title of Worst Road in B.C., as Premier Christy Clark announced last week that the provincial government is investing an additional $1 million for more paving work.

Eight-nine percent of participants in this year’s BCAA’s Worst Roads in B.C. survey criticized the treacherous road for its number of potholes and crumbling pavement; and although making the road safer for travellers is the driving force behind the the improvement project, the effects it can have on the economy in the Okanagan is another important consideration. “Westside Road serves a number of the Okanagan’s most popular resorts and campgrounds, as well as over a thousand residents. It’s not acceptable to have it named B.C.’s worst road,” says Premier Clark.

Realizing the positive impact the repair work on Westside Road will have on commuters and potentially Okanagan’s tourism industry, the B.C. government has already invested over $6.5 million this year alone into various upgrades, including a northbound slow-moving-vehicle pullout near Wilson Landing and some realignment and widening work at Cinnabar Creek.

The additional $1 million will go towards five kilometres of intermittent paving work that will be conducted across a 15 km stretch of road between Jenny Creek and Caesar’s Landing. Once completed, over nine kilometres of road will have been improved on Westside Road in 2013.