Speed limits increase in Shuswap

A number of highways in the Shuswap will be getting an increase in speed limit as a result of the recent province- wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed review done by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Thirty-five sections of B.C. highways will have the speed adjusted, with three of them being in the Shuswap area.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone said limits are being raised where traffic studies show the vast majority of traffic is already going faster than the posted speed limit.

The study conducted by the ministry found that 85 per cent of drivers were travelling 106 km/h from Salmon Arm to Sicamous.

The study also showed that 54 per cent of people felt that the speed limit from Salmon Arm to Golden should be increased. The speed limit along that stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway has also been adjusted in sections.

The stretch of highway from Canoe to Revelstoke will increase from 90 km/hr to 100 km/h.

The 60 km/h zone through Sicamous will remain intact.

Highway 97A, from the Highway 97B junction to Sicamous, will go from 80 to 90 kilometres an hour, excluding the 50 km/h section through Grindrod.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Chase and Hilltop road, just east of Sorrento, will also have its current speed of 90 km/h increased to 100 km/h.

The new speed limits are expected to be phased in throughout the summer months and will be appropriately posted.


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