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Turn signals added to busy airport intersection with Highway 97

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 | 9:41 am

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KELOWNA – Left turn signals off Highway 97 at the Airport Road intersection were turned on today, making access to and from Kelowna International Airport safer and more efficient.

“Residents and tourists now have safer and more efficient access to Kelowna Airport,” says Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “We can expect fewer crashes and better traffic management with these new signals.”

“This infrastructure enhancement is great for the residents of the Quail Ridge area, for tourists, and those who come to Kelowna and Lake Country on business,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “Kelowna is a growing urban centre in B.C.’s interior and upgrades like this help us meet the entire region’s needs.”

The turn signals are on Highway 97 in both directions, providing unopposed left turn access to both Airport Way and Quail Ridge Blvd. Increased turning volume at this intersection led to the need for left turn arrows to improve safety. The left turns will be “protected-only,” meaning traffic will only be permitted to turn left when the arrow is on and not when the highway thru-traffic is moving.

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