Highway 97A among worst roads in B.C.

Sicamous council to contest BCAA's assessment of Sicamous/Vernon Highway.

A semi driver navigates a winding stretch of Highway 97A

Sicamous council will be contesting the honour of the district having one of the worst roads in the province.

The Sicamous-Vernon Highway, aka Highway 97A is identified in BCAA’s Worst Roads Survey for 2013.

According to an Oct. 29 letter to council by BCAA president Mark Donnelly, the highway was one of 581 stretches of roadway nominated due to poor surface conditions, safety concerns or congestion problems.

Specific to 97A are concerns relating to poor road signs and road markings.

Coun. Suzanne Carpenter said the report made her laugh, as she has a different take on the highway’s condition.

“That road rocks right now… we’ve got lines everywhere,” said Carpenter, who recommended council send a letter to BCAA suggesting they check it for themselves.”

Coun. Don Richardson agreed, adding BCAA “get your head out of the sand.”

According to the survey, the number one worst road in the province is Westside Road in West Kelowna. Public voting in the survey ended on May 27.

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