A section of Highway 97 between Summerland and Penticton will be resurfaced this fall.

A section of Highway 97 between Summerland and Penticton will be resurfaced this fall.

Highway resurfacing planned between Summerland and Penticton

A segment of Highway 97 south of Summerland will be resurfaced this fall.

A segment of Highway 97 south of Summerland will be resurfaced this fall.

On Thursday, Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced the upgrading work.

“Crews will be resurfacing 11 kilometres of Highway 97 from Duncan Avenue in Penticton to the Trout Creek Bridge in Summerland,” he said. “Over one million tonnes of asphalt will be used this year to resurface provincial highways and side roads.”

The contract for this work, for $1.9 million, was awarded to Peters Bros. Construction Ltd. of Penticton.

Resurfacing will begin after Labour Day and is expected to be completed in mid-November.

“Highway 97 is an essential piece of local infrastructure to our communities and our regional economy,” said Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. “I’m pleased to see it will benefit from improvement projects that will keep people and goods on the move, while ensuring a safer driving experience for all users.”

The road maintenance project is part of B.C. on the Move, the province’s 10-year plan for the improvement of its transportation network.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest close to $2.7 billion provincewide over the next three years to improve transportation.

Included in this plan $380 million over three years to resurface provincial highways, as part of a provincial plan to resurface 1,000 kilometres of provincial highways each year.