Hwy 1…the Trans Canada will be closed in both directions from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park for 2 hour stretches today between 8am and 4pm because of Avalanche Control.
Highway 97A is closed in both directions 10 km south of Sicamous because of Mud Slide.
Geotech assessment has been completed.
The clean up in progress.
There is a detour available on Highway 97B and Highway 1.
There’s also no estimated time of opening with the next update at 8:00 am.
Spring Break YLW
March break is likely to be busy at the Kelowna International Airport.
More than 4000 passengers are expected through the gates during the busiest days.
Remember to keep your suitcase weight down…or pay extra.
Get to the airport early to give yourself lots of time to get through security.
Distracted driving continues to be a problem.
In a 2 hour stint Friday afternoon…police nabbed 15 drivers for cell phone violations.
At least 15 others were seen on their phones but couldn’t been stopped for safety reasons.
Drivers using hand held devices are considered 4 times more likely to get in a crash.
Fight for $15
Representatives of the BC Federation of Labour will be at the Legislature in Victoria today to deliver more than 56,000 signatures of British Columbians who support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour to help lift half a million low-wage workers above the poverty line.
Of the 500,000 British Columbians currently earning less than $15 an hour, 60% are women.
70% work for companies with more than 20 employees, while 80% are adults.
John Hindle Drive
Tenders are out for the construction of the John Hindle Drive extension, which will provide a new route to the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) campus.
The Ministry of Transportation is hoping to ease Hwy 97 traffic and provide some options for people walking, cycling and driving to and from UBC-O.
The project will consist of a two-lane roadway connecting Highway 97 to Glenmore Road at the UBCO campus.
It will also include the construction of a multi-use paved pathway for pedestrians and cyclists from Glenmore Road to the Hollywood Road roundabout at Highway 97 near the UBCO.
Construction will begin this spring and is expected to finish in spring 2018.
Street sweeping crews will begin clearing and cleaning streets and sidewalks this week in Kelowna.
Due to a late season snowfall, street sweeping is starting a bit later than usual this year.
You can make the most out of the spring sweep by moving vehicles off the road as well as any other items that could impede street sweepers such as basketball hoops.
Signage will be placed at least twenty-four hours before the area is scheduled to be swept.
Crews are also out patching potholes.
Highway 97 and 33 are maintained by Ministry of Transportation and residents can report potholes and other highway problems at www.drivebc.ca.
Total consumer debt held by Canadians (including mortgages) now stands at $1.718 trillion, an increase of six per cent compared to the final quarter of 2015.
Equifax Canada’s National Consumer Credit Trends Report also shows that while the majority of consumers are decreasing their debt, those that are still increasing it are adding a larger amount on average.
On a debt classification basis, auto loans and installment loans are showing significant increases of 7.9 per cent and 7.8 per cent year-over-year.