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Wine route upgrade to begin by June

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater is hopeful that five months of growing pains will result in a “beautiful route.”

Construction along Boucherie Road—from Highway 97 to Stuart Road—is set to commence in June.

“Hopefully everybody is prepared to deal with that, as they have done in the past and will have to do again this year on Gellatly. These things take some time,” said Findlater.

Highlights of the upgrade include a 2.2-metre wide sidewalk, a 1.8-metre wide median with trees and lampposts and bike lanes in both directions.

Approximately 60 Westside residents attended an open house with regard to the wine route upgrades, which was hosted by the district on April 8.

About 90 per cent of those in attendance were in support of the proposed improvements.

Some concerns with the project included fears of excessive vehicle speeds, narrow lane widths—in the case of breakdowns or stranded vehicles in winter conditions—and poor sight lines due to median trees and landscaping.

Gary O’Rourke, director of engineering with the district, said that criticisms expressed at the open house resulted in immediate revisions to the planned upgrades.

Coun. Gord Milsom said that he was happy to see residents providing the district with constructive criticism at the open house.

“The public consultation step is really important and it has proven to pay dividends in this case,” said Milsom.

The wine route upgrade is being done in conjunction with the Lakeview Heights Phase Seven Sewer Servicing Strategy project.

The entire upgrade is anticipated to be complete by November. The road upgrade will cost the district $2,602,000.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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