Highway 97 re-opens to traffic between Penticton and Kelowna

Good news for South Okanagan commuters...that Highway 97 detour using Callan Road is now operational.

The new two-lane direct route around the highway closure north of Summerland opened this morning at 5.

The work on the Callan Road detour route involved building a two-lane connection from Callan Road to Highway 97 on the south side of the slide and widening of the existing intersection on the north side, to allow for commercial vehicle use of this detour.

This 900-metre detour will accommodate both light vehicles and commercial vehicles. The speed limit along the detour route is 30 km/h. Divers are reminded they should have good winter tires, obey the speed limit and drive with caution.

Extensive work and geotechnical assessments will continue on the slope above Highway 97.

While this detour is active, there will be occasional periodic stoppages to allow for blasting work. These stoppages will not occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pedestrians and cyclists will not be permitted on the detour.

The alternative routes previously provided by forest service roads are no longer necessary and maintenance of these routes will not continue.

Drivers should continue to check www.DriveBC.ca for the most up-to-date information.