This area of Highway 97 is the entry to Penticton for many visitors. However, it’s also frequently the scene of crashes. A recent petition has been launched to install a traffic light for vehicles turning onto the Highway. ( photo)

Petition calls for traffic light at intersection of Highway 97 and Skaha Lake Road

The area frequently sees collisions in the summer according to petition

A Penticton woman has created a petition asking the City of Penticton and the Ministry of Transportation to install a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 97 and Skaha Lake Road.

The petition was started Friday, July 31 by Jfraya Des Roches after she became fed up with the seemingly constant stream of collisions in the area.

READ MORE: New ICBC data shows number of collisions in South Okanagan, Similkameen, by city and street

“In between the Penticton airport, and the intersection of Highway 97 and Skaha Lake Road, is a small trailer park, Sun Leisure. When you come to leave, you can go right or left but there is no light to indicate to other drivers that someone is trying to turn or cross,” said Des Roches in the petition. “Every year there are multiple injuries and car accidents due to this lack of planning and modernizing the roads to adjust to traffic flow.

“With Highway 97 being our main artery in and out of city limits, the rage and frustration on the roads have only increased.”

In Penticton, there were 2,296 motor-vehicle incidents in 2019, with 137 crashes occurring on Highway 97.

The lack of light at the intersection has led to frequent stand-still traffic on the south-end due to collisions caused by incorrect left turns or mistaken seconds of space in cars, claimed Des Roches.

“Some sort of light would benefit not only the locals who live here year-round but also the tourists,” read the petition.

As of Aug. 4 the petition has garnered over 450 signatures. The petition can be found here.

READ MORE: Province to install highway barriers between Penticton, Summerland

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kiera Bourque sentenced to one year in jail for death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Crash closes southbound traffic on Government Street

The collision occurred around 2:40 p.m.

Police watchdog investigating after man injured in Penticton RCMP cells

Man suffers serious injuries after being lodged into cells at the detachment

SD67 teachers stressed about constant changes to health guidelines

Runny nose, sore throat among symptoms chopped from student health checklist

Penticton Vees to play in two-month Okanagan Cup tournament

The action commences Friday at 6 p.m. at the SOEC.

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

EDITORIAL: Clearing the smoke

Wildfires have resulted in heavy smoke and poor air quality

Kelowna man’s child porn collection ‘traversed the spectrum of depravity,’ court hears

Terry Krock was caught in possession of between 7,000 and 12,000 child porn files

COVID-19 exposure at Merritt pub

The exposure happened on Sept. 19 at the pub of the Coldwater Hotel

UPDATE: Person safely pulled from Vernon creek culvert

First responders from multiple agencies assist in getting individual out of the creek

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Most Read