New Highway 97 Alternate Route Open

Highway 97 will remain closed between Peachland and Summerland this weekend.

A rock slide shutdown traffic in both directions on February 1st.

"We are doing everything possible to have the highway re-open to traffic as soon as it is safe to do so" said Spokesperson Paula Cousins.

The Ministry of Transportation is recommending detours for travellers with light vehicles.

According to the Ministry, the fastest route is the Trout Creek Forest Service Road.

"Using this route to travel between the communities of Summerland and Peachland will be approximately 45 minutes faster than using the 201 Forest Service Road" said Cousins.

Crews are also working to build a detour that would open up the highway early next week.

The work involves building a two-lane connection from Callan Road to Highway 97 on the south side of the slide.