The first phase of a project to upgrade the Highway 97 intersection at Stickle Road north of Vernon is now complete.
The site has been converted to a left-in, right-in and right-out intersection, meaning no more left turns from Stickle Road onto the highway, the cause of a number of crashes over the years.
“This intersection in the northern part of Vernon has experienced a significant number of crashes and increased congestion in recent years,” says a Ministry of Transportation news release.
Improvement work included:
– converting Stickle Road at Highway 97 to a left-in, right-in and right-out intersection;
– lengthening the northbound and southbound left-turn lanes on the highway; and
– providing right-turn acceleration and deceleration lanes at the east and west approaches.
The second phase will extend 20th Street behind Rona to the south end of Stickle Road which will be completed next fall, depending on soil settlement.
“This single-lane southbound extension has been designed to accommodate the future expansion of the municipal road if development in the area continues to increase,” says the ministry.
Vehicles wanting to get back into Vernon from Stickle Road will now have to take Pleasant Valley Road southbound until the new extension is completed.
As part of the prep work for the extension, the Transportation Ministry says environmental work has included relocating fish and amphibian habitats in BX Creek.
“The ministry is also working with Ducks Unlimited to develop a new wetland habitat three times the size of the one impacted by the project,” says the release.