New traffic lights installed at Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Rd to improve safety. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

New traffic lights installed at Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Rd to improve safety. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Traffic lights installed at problematic Highway 97 intersection in Penticton

The lights are at Hwy 97 and Skaha Hills Dr./Sandhill Rd.

Temporary signal lights have been installed at the intersection of Highway 97 and Skaha Hills Drive/Sandhill Road to improve safety for drivers along this stretch of highway.

The new signal lights will remain in place while the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to work in collaboration with the Penticton Indian Band on a long-term solution to upgrade the problematic intersection.

Preparatory work for the long-term solution is ongoing and includes engineering, archeology, environmental reviews, drainage studies with climate change criteria, and property impact considerations.

The intersection is at the bottom of the hill of Highway 97 and intersects with two campgrounds, Skaha Hills and both residential areas and a golf course. Drivers trying to make a left have a blind spot and with vehicles travelling down a hill, it makes it dangerous.

Above this intersection on Highway 97 is a dangerous intersection that connects with Highway 3A. The Ministry of Transportation approved a designated left-hand turn to be installed on Highway 97.

READ MORE; Crash at notoriously dangerous Highway 97 intersection near Penticton

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