Road changes improve traffic safety

The City of Penticton has implemented traffic improvements in specific areas and at intersections in the community to improve pedestrian safety for adults and children.

The traffic calming process for school zones at Wiltse and Carmi Elementary Schools is currently underway. Streets impacted are Wiltse Boulevard, Balsam Avenue and Carmi Avenue, and measures to date include delineators, signage and other resources installed during the coming weeks in preparation for increased traffic in school zones. The changes came at the request of the school communities, and designs were prepared in consultation with the surrounding neighbours.

“Road safety is important, and these improvements are designed to make key Penticton streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Deputy Mayor Judy Sentes. “We ask that motorists be patient while the construction work takes place, and keep an eye out for the traffic changes.”

A four-way stop has also been implemented to increase safety in Penticton's industrial area. After traffic studies and community consultation, a four-way stop at Dartmouth Drive, Dartmouth Road and Warren Avenue was identified as needed to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety. Stop signs, road markings, crosswalks and wheelchair letdowns were added at each intersection leg, and the curb close to the dog park was realigned.

The driving public is asked to keep an eye out for the changes, particularly when travelling through reconfigured intersections. Please obey all signs and road markings, and adhere to speed limit signs posted in the areas.