YEAR IN REVIEW — Road upgrades completed

Upgrades to Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road were finished in late summer.

Road upgrades were completed in 2013.

The upgrades included a large roundabout at the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road.

The roundabout is the third for the community. It was officially opened in late August.

The construction project had a price tag of $3.34 million. This included $600,000 from the Gas Tax Fund and just over $54,000 from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

The remainder of the money came through municipal revenues.

The roundabout is expected to reduce congestion at one of Summerland’s busiest intersections.

While the four-way stop intersection was in place, traffic would be backed up in all directions at certain times of day.

The intersection is near two schools and during the start and end of the school day, buses and vehicles dropped off and picked up students.

In order to allow the construction, the Darke house at the intersection, one of the oldest houses in the community, was torn down.

Work on the project began in August, 2012.

In addition to the road work and the roundabout intersection, improvements were made to utilities.

Sidewalks were also added.

For years, the road had been identified as a priority in Summerland.

Although some motorists have complained about the roundabouts, police have repeatedly stated that safety is improved in the intersections.

Police were called to one accident in a roundabout in late June, but the majority of motorists manage the intersections without incident.