BC Thompson Okanagan Road Conditions - Road Report News

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Okanagan Road Conditions

Events for Thompson Nicola

Highway 1 Both directions Paving at Kamloops 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily through Sep 28. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Sep 22 at 6:17 am PDT. (ID# -60542)
Highway 24 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from 13 kilometers east of Bridge Lake to Junction with Highway 5 North, in Little Fort (35.2 km). Updated Mon Sep 26 at 7:40 am PDT. (ID# 221048)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction from Box Canyon Chainup Area to Great Bear Snowshed (1.3 km), 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Sat through Nov 15. Narrow shoulders south of snowshed. Updated on Tue Sep 20 at 3:00 pm PDT. (ID# -60264)
Highway 5 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from Great Bear Snowshed to Exit 250, Larson Hill (37.3 km). Updated Mon Sep 26 at 7:19 am PDT. (ID# 221043)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction 1.8 km north of Exit 374, East Kamloops Junction with Highway 1 to 4 km north of Exit 374, East Kamloops Junction with Highway 1 (2.2 km), 6:00 pm to 4:00 am daily starting Sep 27 through Sep 28. Lane closure will be in effect. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 6:33 am PDT. (ID# -60538)
Highway 5 Both directions Paving north of Kamloops at Vansulla Ferry Rd 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily starting Sep 22 through Sep 28. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Sep 22 at 6:16 am PDT. (ID# -60543)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction 24.8 km south of Barriere 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Fri through Oct 31. Construction speed zone in effect, please obey signs. Updated on Wed Aug 17 at 1:53 pm PDT. (ID# -60150)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction at Barriere 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri through Sep 26. Updated on Fri Sep 23 at 8:03 am PDT. (ID# -60708)
Highway 5 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from McLure to Little Fort, Junction with Highway 24 (49.6 km). Updated Mon Sep 26 at 7:40 am PDT. (ID# 221047)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction 11.3 km south of Clearwater 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily through Oct 3. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 6:19 am PDT. (ID# -60673)
Highway 5 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from Little Fort, Junction with Highway 24 to McMurphy (78.9 km). Updated Mon Sep 26 at 7:40 am PDT. (ID# 221049)
Highway 5 Northbound Bridge Maintenance at Exit 256, Kingsvale (Coldwater Road) through Mon Sep 26 at 12:00 pm. Lane closure in effect and reduced speed. Updated on Fri Sep 23 at 4:12 pm PDT. (ID# -60724)
Highway 5 Southbound Maintenance from Merritt to 25 km south of Merritt (25 km), 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Mon Sep 26. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 7:08 am PDT. (ID# -60730)
Highway 97C Both directions Construction 4 km west of Pennask Summit through November 15. 24 hour Lane closure in effect and 60 km/h speed zone in effect daily 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Note: construction has stopped for the BC Day holiday weekend and will resume Tuesday, August 2. Updated on Thu Jul 28 at 6:44 pm PDT. (ID# -59529)
Highway 97C Both directions Electrical Maintenance 12 km east of Sunset Main Road Exit 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri through Sep 30. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Mon Sep 19 at 7:28 am PDT. (ID# -60541)
Highway 97D Both directions Paving from Junction with Highway 97C in Logan Lake to Exit 336, Junction with Highway 5 at Lac Le Jeune (24.1 km), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily through Sep 28. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Sep 22 at 6:12 am PDT. (ID# -60544)

Events for Okanagan Shuswap

Highway 1 Both directions Construction at Hoffman's Bluff through Mon Oct 31 at 4:00 pm. There will be two scheduled 30 minute closures for blasting; at 9:30 AM on Tuesday Sept 20th AND Wednesday Sept 21st, at 9:30 AM. Short closures afterwards at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM until both travel lanes have been cleared of rock debris. Full closure during blast and for highway cleaning immediately after blast. All traffic will be flushed using SLAT when safe to do so. Updated on Wed Sep 14 at 10:53 am PDT. (ID# -60353)
Highway 1 Both directions Maintenance 10 km east of Sicamous 7:00 am to 3:00 pm daily through Sep 27. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 6:00 am PDT. (ID# -60716)
Highway 3 Both directions Construction 29 km west of Princeton 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 31. 60 Km Speed Zone in effect. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Apr 20 at 8:57 am PDT. (ID# -57625)
Highway 33 Both directions Construction at Junction with Big White Road to Pyman Road 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Fri through Sep 30. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 6:21 am PDT. (ID# -60511)
Highway 33 Both directions Electrical Maintenance 4.5 km south of Junction with Highway 97, in Kelowna north of Toovey Road from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wed Sep 28. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Sep 21 at 4:17 pm PDT. (ID# -60685)
Highway 6EW Both directions Construction from Ricardo Road, Coldstream to 40 Km's east of Lumby 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Fri through Sep 30. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 6:21 am PDT. (ID# -60535)
Highway 6EW Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from Coldstream to 7 km east of Lumby (25.3 km). Updated Mon Sep 26 at 6:51 am PDT. (ID# 221041)
Highway 6EW Both directions Livestock on Road from Cherryville to Monashee Summit (40.2 km). Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 6:26 am PDT. (ID# 220678)
Highway 6EW Eastbound Construction at 30th Street and Highway 6 Vernon 12:00 am to 11:59 pm daily through Nov 18. Left turn lane closure in effect. Updated on Sun Jul 17 at 11:02 pm PDT. (ID# -59566)
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 Maintenance 17 km south of Falkland 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon-Thu starting Sep 28 through Sep 29. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Sep 14 at 12:02 pm PDT. (ID# -60539)
Highway 97 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 1 km south of Westwold 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily through Sep 29. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 8:07 am PDT. (ID# -60717)
Highway 97 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog 21 km south of Falkland to Junction with Highway 1, at Monte Creek (62.9 km). Updated Mon Sep 26 at 6:55 am PDT. (ID# 221042)
Highway 97 Northbound Special Event at Junction with UBC Access at John Hindle Drive in Kelowna 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Tue Sep 27. Off-ramp closure will be in effect with detour via Airport Way. Updated on Mon Sep 26 at 8:22 am PDT. (ID# -60736)
Highway 97A Both directions Construction at Sicamous near the Trans Canada Highway 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Fri through Sep 30. There is a detour in place using Eagle Pass Way for traffic. Updated on Fri Aug 26 at 10:34 am PDT. (ID# -60274)
Highway 97A Northbound Electrical Maintenance 3.7 km north of Enderby through Wed Sep 28 at 7:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Sep 21 at 6:20 am PDT. (ID# -60620)
Highway 97C Both directions Milling of center line rumble strips starting at Pennask Summitt (1728 metres) heading east, through Fri Sep 30 at 11:59 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Sun Sep 25 at 6:29 am PDT. (ID# -60569)
Highway 97C Both directions Construction at Junction with Highway 97 to 50 Km's west from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm Mon-Sat through Sep 30. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Sun Sep 25 at 6:29 am PDT. (ID# -60513)
Westside Road Both directions Construction 11 km north of Junction with Highway 97 South 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon - Sat until further notice. The road will be reduced to single lane alternation traffic. There will be 2 hour closures Monday to Friday from 9:30AM - 11:30AM and 12:30PM - 2:30PM for rock blasting. Call the Hotline: 1-844-371-3824 for real time updates. Updated on Mon Sep 12 at 2:32 pm PDT. (ID# -56583)

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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