For commuters traveling between Penticton, Summerland, Peachland and Kelowna, Monday morning seems a bit easier.

As of Monday, February 11, at 5pm, there will be a detour via Highway 97 via nearby Callan Road, providing drivers with a secure two-lane direct route around the freeway closure north of Summerland.

Connected: Continue on the highway. 97 Rockslide closure in Okanagan

This 900 meter detour provides space for light vehicles and commercial vehicles. The maximum speed along the detour route is 30 km / h. The drivers are reminded that they should have good winter tires, keep the top speed and drive with caution.

The highway connecting the communities of southern Okanagan with the north and central parts of the valley has been closed for more than a week after quarries raised security concerns. Two long alternative routes were prepared, but the detour Callan Road promises a normal passage around the slide area.

Connected: UPDATE: Highway 97 remains closed after rockfall

Extensive work and geotechnical evaluations will continue on the slope over Highway 97. The ministry staff will use their best endeavors to get the freeway open again as soon as it is safe.

While this detour is active, there are occasional periodic breaks to allow blasting work. These interruptions will not occur between the hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. until 6 o'clock Commercial vehicles with a width of more than 3.8 meters are only allowed on the detour between midnight and 5 o'clock in the morning. Pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed on the detour.

Work on the Callan Road detour route involved building a two-lane link from Callan Road to Highway 97 on the south side of the slide and widening the existing intersection on the north side to allow this commercial vehicle detour.

Argo Road Maintenance Inc. oversees Callan Road, plowing and grounding as needed to ensure the safest conditions.

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

Connected: Video: Driver's warning to avoid new Trout Creek FSR detour

Drivers should continue to check and @DriveBC for updates on Twitter.

Steve Kidd
Senior Reporter, Penticton Western News
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