BC Thompson Okanagan Road Conditions - Road Report News

Highways 1, 6, 33, 97A, 97 Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Westbank, Vernon ...

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Okanagan Road Conditions

Events for Thompson Nicola

Highway 1 Westbound Construction from Lytton North Access to Jackass Mountain Summit (361 metres) (17.3 km), starting Tue Sep 5 at 9:00 am through Mon Sep 25 at 5:00 pm. Lane closure will be in effect. Updated on Thu Jul 13 at 9:30 am PDT. (ID# -65168)
Highway 5 Both directions Construction at Box Canyon Chainup Area/Great Bear Snowshed, 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. Updated on Fri Aug 11 at 10:31 am PDT. (ID# -64114)
Highway 5 Both directions Bridge Construction (Dry Gulch Bridge) 63 km south of Merritt 24 hours a day until further notice. Traffic pattern changed. Be advised narrow lanes in effect. Southbound lane restriction of 4.2 M. Wide loads greater than 4.2M pullover at old toll booth and call Kingston site 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 4.2 M wide. Expect delays, obey construction speed zone. Updated on Fri Aug 4 at 11:32 am PDT. (ID# -64794)
Highway 5 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 4 km south of Barriere 6:30 am to 2:00 pm daily through Aug 25. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 6:19 am PDT. (ID# -65679)
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 on Highway 5N at Mad River, August 2nd to 25th. Watch for grooved pavement. Single lane traffic with up to 20 min delays and a 60km/hour daytime speed zone in effect. Please obey all signs and watch for flag people in the work zone. Updated on Wed Aug 16 at 10:44 am PDT. (ID# -65428)
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 97D Both directions Highway 97D is OPEN to single lane alternating traffic 10 km East of Junction with Highway 97C in Logan Lake. No vehicles over 3.2m wide. Updated on Tue May 30 at 2:25 pm PDT. (ID# -64229)

Events for Okanagan Shuswap

Westside Road Both directions Construction 11 km north of Junction with Highway 97 South (West Kelowna junction) Monday - Saturday. There will be single lane alternating traffic from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with up to 10 minute delays until further notice. Call the Hotline: 1-844-371-3824 for real time updates. Updated on Wed Aug 16 at 12:32 pm PDT. (ID# -64847)
Highway 1 Both directions Electrical Maintenance at Solsqua Road to Lybarger Road Hwy 1 Sicamous starting Mon Aug 14 at 7:00 pm through Wed Aug 23 at 7:00 am. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with 5 min delays. Updated on Mon Aug 14 at 6:10 pm PDT. (ID# -65591)
Highway 1 Both directions Construction 30 km east of Sicamous 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 21. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 8:46 am PDT. (ID# -64658)
Highway 3A between Keremeos and Highway 97 Junction Eastbound Electrical Maintenance from Keremeos to 25 km east of Keremeos (25 km), 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri through Sep 14. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Aug 17 at 1:44 pm PDT. (ID# -65636)
Highway 5A Both directions Hwy 5A is now reopened from Summers Creek Road, 8 km north of Princeton to McCaffrey Lake. Watch for rocks and debris on roadway. Reduce speed and drive with caution. Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 4:17 am PDT. (ID# 249751)
Highway 97 Both directions Electrical Maintenance from Campbell Road to Abbott Street (2 km), 9:00 pm to 5:00 am daily through Aug 24. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Thu Aug 17 at 3:29 pm PDT. (ID# -65638)
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 5 km north of Kelowna at Airport Way from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am daily through Aug 30. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Aug 21 at 8:11 pm PDT. (ID# -65650)
Highway 97A Both directions Bridge Maintenance at Grindrod through Fri Aug 25 at 5:00 am. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 6:03 pm PDT. (ID# -65692)

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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