West Kelowna moves forward with Gellatly Road phase three upgrade

A project that initially divided an indecisive West Kelowna council was unanimously given the green light Tuesday.

The district awarded the construction contract for the third phase of the Gellatly Road upgrade to R & L Excavating Ltd for $2.29 million after receiving six bids.

Upgrade work will begin in the coming days and is expected to be complete by July 1.

The project—which will improve the road from Kent Park to just past the CNR Wharf—will include sidewalks, bike lanes, formalized parking and street lighting, as well as pedestrian outlooks placed along the waterfront trail.

The total cost to the district is just over $3 million.

This was the second time the district opened an invitation to tender. TT Contractors Ltd. was the low bidder last year; however, the district rejected the bid as council wanted to look at other options that would provide more parking.

Beacon Geotechnical Ltd. carried out an investigation from Nov. 9 to 14, 2012 to determine the cost of adding parking spaces. After realizing the significant expense of excavating into the slope to provide extra stalls, the district opted to return to its original design.

Through the delayed process, district staff recently discovered a section of Gellatly Road that could be realigned at a more reasonable cost, adding 19 additional parking spots.

"By waiting, it didn't hurt us at all," said Coun. Gord Milsom.

"There was more competition for the bid, the price is lower than last year and we got more parking."

Mayor Doug Findlater, who didn't want to reject the bid last summer, said he's happy to finally see council moving on with the project.

"It's much appreciated that this is going to be done in time for summer," said Findlater.

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