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Go ahead given for West Kelowna upgrades

The District of West Kelowna has given the green light to the first phase of Brown Road upgrades, as well as seismic upgrades at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre.

In a special council meeting Aug. 2, council awarded a construction contract in the amount of $2.58 million to R&L Excavating for improvements to Brown Road between Main Street and the Gateway Project, located just south of Bering Road.

Construction is scheduled to start later this month and be completed in late November. The total project cost is $3.1 million when factoring in additional expenditures such as placing utilities underground, design, inspection and materials testing.

Funding will come from reserves for future expenditures, capital reserves, gas tax community works funding, water, sewer and storm sewer reserves and savings from the Jim Lind Arena renovation project.

The Brown Road phase one upgrade will include: Roadway improvements and repaving, creation of designated parking areas, sidewalks and curb and gutter installations, landscaping and irrigation, ornamental street lighting and sewer, storm sewer and water main upgrades.

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Council has decided to proceed with $414,444 in structural upgrades at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. Works will include: Construction of a new front entrance, landscaping improvements including a new patio and trellis, as well as seismic upgrades.

JBMAC will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall and construction will be completed in time for celebrations sometime in October.

Funding for the project will come from capital reserves.

 

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