BC Thompson Okanagan Road Conditions - Road Report News

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Okanagan Road Conditions

Events for Thompson Nicola

Highway 5 Both directions Construction at Box Canyon Chainup Area/Great Bear Snowshed, and Coquihalla Summit 40 km north of Hope, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon to Sat until further notice. Traffic pattern change, single lane traffic periodically, 10 minute delays expected. Construction speed zone in effect, obey all signs, watch for narrow shoulders, and changing weather conditions. Updated on Tue Oct 17 at 2:37 pm PDT. (ID# -64114)
Highway 5 Both directions Bridge Construction (Dry Gulch Bridge) 63 km S of Merritt 24 hrs a day until further notice. Traffic pattern changed. Be advised narrow lanes in effect. SB lane restriction of 4.2M. Wide loads greater than 4.2M pullover at old toll booth & call Kingston at 604-880-9663 for instruction. No access will be granted from Fridays at 10:00am to Sundays at 10:00am for wide loads greater than 4.2M wide. Expect delays, obey construction speed zone & be prepared for changing weather conditions. (ID# -64794)
Highway 5 Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Exit 202, Portia Interchange to Exit 256, Kingsvale (Coldwater Road) (54.8 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 7:24 am PDT. (ID# 250894)
Highway 5 Both directions Fog Patches from Exit 202, Portia Interchange to Exit 256, Kingsvale (Coldwater Road) (54.8 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 7:25 am PDT. (ID# 250895)
Highway 5 Both directions Slippery Sections from Merritt to Exit 336, Junction with Highway 97D, to Logan Lake (47.1 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 8:47 am PDT. (ID# 250900)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction 36 km north of Kamloops to 39 km north of Kamloops (3 km), through Fri Oct 20 at 5:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 11:40 am PDT. (ID# -66375)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction 11 km north of Barriere 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Dec 4. Expect minor delays. Updated on Thu Aug 17 at 10:42 am PDT. (ID# -65633)
Highway 5 Both directions Asphalt milling and paving 20 km north of Barriere to Little Fort, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat starting Oct 20 through Oct 31. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic, with up to 15 minute delays. 60km/hour speed zone in effect. Please obey all signs and watch for flag people in the work zone. Updated on Wed Oct 18 at 9:00 am PDT. (ID# -66449)
Highway 5 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from Little Fort, Junction with Highway 24 to McMurphy (78.9 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 7:51 am PDT. (ID# 250896)
Highway 5 Northbound Construction 15 km north of Merritt 7:00 am to 4:00 pm daily until further notice. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Sat May 27 at 7:23 pm PDT. (ID# -64145)
Highway 97C Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 5A, at Aspen Grove to Pennask Summitt (1728 metres) (49.5 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 7:22 am PDT. (ID# 250893)
Highway 97D Both directions Maintenance 10 km east of Junction with Highway 97C in Logan Lake until further notice. Please watch for reduced speed of 50 KM/HR. Updated on Wed Oct 11 at 3:43 pm PDT. (ID# -64229)

Events for Okanagan Shuswap

Highway 1 Both directions Construction 30 km east of Sicamous 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Nov 24. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic up to 10 minute delays. Construction speed zone in effect 24 hours. Updated on Fri Oct 6 at 3:53 pm PDT. (ID# -66125)
Highway 1 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 30 km east of Sicamous 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Nov 15. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Sep 21 at 9:16 am PDT. (ID# -66115)
Highway 33 Both directions Slippery Sections from McColloch Road to Mission Creek Bridge (15.4 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 8:21 am PDT. (ID# 250898)
Highway 33 Both directions Electrical Maintenance at Kelowna 9:00 pm to 3:00 pm Mon-Thu starting Oct 24 through Oct 25. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Oct 18 at 4:26 pm PDT. (ID# -66455)
Highway 6EW Both directions Electrical Maintenance 1 km east of Vernon 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon-Fri through Oct 20. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Tue Oct 17 at 9:18 am PDT. (ID# -66393)
Highway 6EW Both directions Construction at Lumby Vernon Street 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Sep 15 through Nov 11. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Fri Sep 15 at 7:08 am PDT. (ID# -65943)
Highway 6EW Westbound Maintenance at Lumby starting Fri Sep 15 at 7:00 am through Wed Nov 8 at 6:00 pm. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with 5 minute delays 60' steel pipe installation at a 3m depth running North/South through the intersection. Updated on Fri Sep 15 at 7:00 am PDT. (ID# -65981)
Highway 97 Both directions Paving at Junction with Highway 3A through Sat Nov 11 at 7:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 8:56 am PDT. (ID# -66422)
Highway 97 Both directions Maintenance at Penticton 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wed Oct 25. Lane closure will be in effect. Updated on Wed Oct 18 at 4:30 pm PDT. (ID# -66456)
Highway 97 Both directions Maintenance at Kelowna between Abbott and Dilworth Road, center median maintenance from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am Mon-Thu starting Oct 25 through Oct 30. Lane closure will be in effect. Updated on Wed Oct 11 at 3:13 pm PDT. (ID# -66373)
Highway 97 Both directions Construction at Kelowna between Highway 33 and Edwards Road 9:00 pm to 6:00 am Sun - Thu until further notice. Lane closure in effect. Over width loads MUST call Carrie Lutz (604-842-3255) in advance for route access approval. Updated on Thu Aug 11 at 7:26 am PDT. (ID# -58631)
Highway 97 Both directions Construction 3 km north of Vernon 7:00 pm to 7:00 am daily through Oct 31. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Sun Oct 15 at 6:04 pm PDT. (ID# -66392)
Highway 97 Northbound Construction 11 km north of Junction with Westside Road until further notice. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 8:56 am PDT. (ID# -66405)
Highway 97 Southbound Construction at Kelowna at Findlay Road intersection 8:00 pm to 6:00 am daily through Oct 21. Lane closure in effect. Detour in place using alternate side roads. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 2:34 pm PDT. (ID# -66391)
Highway 97A Northbound Construction 3 km north of Enderby 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon-Fri through Oct 27. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Oct 2 at 6:05 am PDT. (ID# -66253)
Highway 97B Both directions Electrical Maintenance 5 km south of Salmon Arm 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon-Fri through Oct 20. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Oct 17 at 4:09 pm PDT. (ID# -66443)
Highway 97B Southbound Electrical Maintenance 5 km south of Salmon Arm through Fri Oct 20 at 3:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Oct 17 at 9:06 am PDT. (ID# -66428)
Highway 97C Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Pennask Summitt (1728 metres) to Brenda Mine Road Exit (10.1 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 8:20 am PDT. (ID# 250897)
Highway 97C Westbound Construction 6 km west of Junction with Highway 97 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Fri through Oct 20. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Oct 18 at 6:32 am PDT. (ID# -66444)

Okanagan Weather Locations

Osoyoos     Penticton     Kelowna     Vernon     Rock Creek

General Route Information

Highway 97 The Okanagan Highway is a 269 km (167 mi) long section of Highway 97 between the international border and Monte Creek on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is named for the Okanagan region of British Columbia, through which it largely passes. It begins in the south at the international border crossing north of Oroville, and travels 4 km (2½ mi) north to its junction with the Crowsnest Highway at Osoyoos. The highway travels north for 47 km (29 mi), passing through the community of Oliver, before arriving at the locality of Kaleden, where Highway 3A diverges west.

13 km (8 mi) north of Kaleden, Highway 97 arrives at the city of Penticton. North of Penticton, Highway 97 follows the western shore of Okanagan Lake for 45 km (28 mi), through the communities of Summerland and Peachland, before reaching its junction with Highway 97C just south of Westbank. From there, Highway 97 passes through West Kelowna, Westbank, Lakeview, and reserve lands belonging to the Westbank First Nation until, 15 km (9 mi) northeast of the 97C junction, Highway 97 begins to cross Okanagan Lake via the William R. Bennett Bridge. The highway enters the city of Kelowna upon landfall on the east shore of the lake. 6 km (4 mi) east into the city centre, the highway reaches its junction with Highway 33.

Four kilometres (2½ mi) north of the Highway 33 junction, Highway 97 leaves the urbanised area of Kelowna (the municipal boundary is actually a further 12 km, 7 mi, north). For the next 43 km (27 mi), the route travels well east of Okanagan Lake, passing through the community of Winfield, then alongside the west shore of Wood Lake to Oyama. Both of these communities lie within the municipality of Lake Country. Highway 97 then passes along the west shore of Kalamalka Lake before entering the city of Vernon and a junction with Highway 6. The highway then travels north for 10 km (6 mi) to a junction with Highway 97A at Swan Lake, at which point it veers northwest. 81 km (17 mi) further, Highway 97 merges onto the Trans-Canada Highway at Monte Creek, following Highway 1 for 105 km (65 mi) west to Cache Creek. As it travels westward, Highways 1 and 97 parallel the Thompson River, passing through the city of Kamloops, where there are junctions with Highways 5 and 5A.

Highway 33 is a minor two-lane highway in the Okanagan region of the province. Highway 33, which is 129 km (80 mi) long, connects Rock Creek, on the Crowsnest Highway, north to Kelowna, ( Kelowna Cam )on the Okanagan Highway, partially following the West Kettle River. It is also the main access to the Big White Ski Resort. The only other visible community on Highway 33 is Beaverdell, 48 km (30 mi) north of Rock Creek. Highway 33 opened in 1970.

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