Bernard Avenue work set to start Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, Bernard Avenue from Ellis to Richter Streets will be closed to motorists as the massive rehabilitation project for Kelowna's main downtown street gets underway.

As of at 6 a.m, the section of Bernard will be closed to accommodate the utility replacement and streetscaping as part of the revitalization of Bernard Avenue.

The Ellis Street intersection will be closed to motorists and the truck route will be rerouted temporarily to Gordon Drive until mid-October. Detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments. Visit for schedule.

Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways will be a priority and maintained whenever possible, according to the city. Pedestrian crossings located at St. Paul and Bertram Streets will be permitted when safe.

Construction hours during this first phase of the work will be Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight. Work may occur outside of regular construction hours to minimize impacts on businesses and to limit the time of active construction in the area, says city hall.

The $11-million project was contracted to Vernon's CGL Contracting, with Focus Corporation acting as contract administrator. Completion of the first phase of construction is anticipated in November. Work will then shut down until next spring when the lower part of Bernard Avenue will be done. A third phase, slated for the fall of 2013 will be undertaken then.

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