Hospital access closures modified

The public is advised that the dates of the closure of the westbound lane of Rose Avenue at the Kelowna General Hospital site from the east parkade to Pandosy Street have been revised to Tuesday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Feb. 25.

Vehicle traffic on this section of Rose Avenue will be one way eastbound only on these days.

In order to access the KGH parkades from Pandosy Street, visitors to KGH are asked to detour down Royal Avenue or Christleton Avenue, onto Abbott Street and enter the KGH site from the west end of Rose Avenue.

Traffic leaving the site will still be able to exit eastbound from Rose Avenue onto Pandosy Street.

This closure is necessary to realign the sanitary lines to service the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, currently under construction at the corner of Pandosy Street and Rose Avenue.

The reason this closure is longer than the previous one when the gas lines were moved is that the work is more complicated and the sanitary lines are much deeper underground. The builder, PCL Constructors, will have flag people on hand for the duration of the work. Detour signs will clearly indicate the new traffic patterns.

There will be no change to the emergency patient drop-off.

Patients requiring emergency treatment can be dropped off at the emergency department entrance on Royal Avenue. Non-emergency patients may be dropped off at one of three entrances:

• Lab building (Dr. Walter Anderson Building), take the elevator to the third floor and walk across Pandosy Skywalk to access the rest of the KGH site.

• Main hospital entrance (Centennial Building). Drop patients off at the main entrance off Pandosy Street.

• West side of KGH (Royal Building). Drop patients off at the west entrance from Strathcona Avenue.


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