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For Immediate Release


May 9, 2008

Ministry of Transportation

Westbank First Nation




WESTBANK – The new Campbell Road Interchange on Highway 97, a project managed by the Westbank First Nation, has been completed on time and on budget, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon and Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie announced today. The interchange, located at the western end of the soon-to-be completed William R. Bennett Bridge, will officially be turned over to the Province this summer.


            “I can’t overstate the historic significance of the Westbank First Nation overseeing a project of this magnitude,” said Falcon. “This is the first time a First Nation in British Columbia has undertaken delivery of a large design-build project and it won’t be the last.”


            The new interchange will improve traffic flow and safety for area residents and provide better access on and off the new bridge. A cyclist/pedestrian pathway is an important design feature of the project. Emil Anderson Construction Ltd. designed and built the interchange and the third traffic lane up Bridge Hill under a $12.97 million contract. Recognition of Westbank First Nation’s involvement in the project is evidenced in the Okanagan-themed graphics and artwork incorporated into retaining walls and roundabouts.


            “This interchange really demonstrates how governments can work with First Nations as partners to deliver projects that everyone can benefit from,” said Chief Robert Louie. “By being involved, right from the pre-design phase and in every step along the way, Westbank First Nation has ensured good access to reserve lands, resolved some cultural and archaeological concerns and set the stage for future partnerships. We are very pleased with the result.”


            “A year ago Chief Louie and I were breaking ground on what is now a very successful ground breaking First Nation- managed project,” said Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe. “With this success, we are realizing the goal of a much improved Okanagan Highway 97 corridor.”


            The Campbell Road Interchange was ceremoniously turned over to the Province today during a Westbank First Nation-hosted event featuring the unveilings of commemorative WFN artwork and First Nation-inspired BC150 signage. The William R. Bennett Bridge itself will be the centre of attention May 25th when the Province officially opens the new Okanagan Lake crossing.






Tamara Little

Director – Public Affairs Bureau

Ministry of Transportation

250 889-1825

Evelyn Lube

WFN Project Communications Officer

Campbell Road Interchange

250 864-7395


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