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Work on Kelowna's Lakeshore Road set to start

Work is scheduled to start next week on the latest major road project in Kelowna.

The 11-million rebuild of a stretch of Lakeshore Road, from Lexington to Cook, will include replaceent of the Lakeshore Road bridge.

The work is scheduled to start May 20 and Lakeshore will be closed  closed to motorists to accommodate the utility and bridge replacement.

The work will also include:

• upgrades to sanitary trunk, stormwater and water mains

• construction of a multi-use pathway and commuter bike lanes

• a new roundabout at Lexington Drive

• improved Greenway trail-head access

• new sidewalks, streetscaping and landscaping

• underground shallow utilities on east side of road, except electrical

• conduit for future underground of electrical

The work will result in improved traffic flow and safety, says the city.

The primary detour route via Lexington and Cook roads will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained, according to city hall.

Transit stops on Lakeshore Road north of Lequime and south of Cook will be closed and temporary bus stops will be located at  Cook and Lakeshore Road, Gordon Drive and Cook Road and Gordon Drive and Lexington Drive.

The No. 1 Lakeshore transit route will be detoured in and out of the Mission Recreation transit exchange via Gordon Drive and Cook Road to and from Lakeshore Road.

The road improvements will also include upgrades to bus stops located in the project area.

Kelowna transit routes and schedules can be viewed at www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

AS part of the work, the city says the Mission Creek Greenway will be closed at Lakeshore Road. Trail turn-arounds will be in place for access from Gordon Drive.

When the bridge replacement and road widening is complete, an underpass will provide safe access to the popular regional Greenway recreational trail.

The city awarded the project contract to Copcan Contracting Ltd. Urban Systems is the contract administrator. The road work is expected to be complete by November.

 

 

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