Municipality seeks funds for intersection

The municipality will apply for funding from the Regionally Significant Gas Tax Program, but the application is not for a transit service.

The municipality will apply for funding from the Regionally Significant Gas Tax Program, but the application is not for a transit service.

Municipal administrator Don DeGagne said a total of $4.2 million is available under the gas tax program, but some criteria apply.

The money is to go to a project with some regional significance.

While a transit service would meet that requirement, DeGagne said the municipality will not apply for funding for the service, since transit agreements are made between B.C. Transit and the affected municipalities.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the lack of a transit service in Summerland is concerning. Bus shelters and pullouts were added when the upgrade work on Rosedale Avenue and Prairie Valley Road was done last year, but the transit still has not become a reality.

“They promised that two years ago and it’s been stalled,” Perrino said.

The municipality will apply for two projects under the gas tax program. These are a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Victoria Road and Prairie Valley Road and a proposed Highway 97 walkway between Lakeshore Drive and Trout Creek.

Mayor Janice Perrino said a roundabout at Prairie Valley Road and Victoria Road South is badly needed.

“That’s one of the busiest intersections we have in the community,” she said.

If the funding is approved, the roundabout would be the third for Summerland.

The other two roundabouts are at the intersection of Rosedale Avenue and Peach Orchard Road and at Rosedale Avenue and Prairie Valley Road.