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When Highway 97 closes there are few alternatives left

Green Mountain Road is currently the only alternate to get around Kaleden
The trailer involved in the collision that closed Highway 97 earlier on Dec. 1 is being cleared from the scene. (Submitted - Casey Harder)

When Highway 97 closed at Kaleden due to a collision on Dec. 1, there were no alternative routes available.

The only routes that could provide a detour were closed that day.

Utility work has closed Eastside Road that connects Penticton to Okanagan Falls on the east side of Skaha Lake. That closure is in effect until Dec. 22, according to DriveBC.

READ ALSO: Penticton crash on Highway 97 Channel Parkway was fatal

Green Mountain Road was closed Wednesday due to high winds knocking trees down onto the road. That route is now reopened.

In the case of potential future incidents, which are all too likely given the significant increase in traffic along Highway 97, Green Mountain Road, despite its length, will likely be the only alternate route available.

If you are travelling, make sure to check DriveBC before you go for any news and updates for potential traffic issues.

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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