Highway north of Oliver reopens after major closure

Highway north of Oliver reopens after major closure


Damn erosion!

The major artery between Oliver and Kelowna was fully closed for over a week because of a rockslide on the morning of Feb. 2.

It will be a while before a four-lane section of Highway 97, just north of Summerland, is completely back to normal.

Travel times are only a little longer now, but before a convenient detour opened on the morning of Feb. 11, drivers were faced with an extra two to three hours on the road, each way.

Mayor Martin Johansen, after checking with Oliver’s operations department, said there have been no major impacts in Oliver as a result of the slide, which occurred about 60 kilometres north of town.

“I do expect the road closure has negatively impacted residents who need to travel past Summerland for work or medical appointments and businesses who may be waiting additional time for deliveries,” he said.

“I suspect the significance of the impacts will increase the longer Hwy 97 remains closed.”