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Kelowna's Queensway work the latest city construction to get underway

Kelowna's summer of construction is under way.

The city has announced the start of yet another large civic construction program, this time the $5.6 million improvement to the main downtown transit exchange on Queensway.

Starting Monday, June 2 at 7 a.m., Queensway from Mill Street to Pandosy Streets will be closed to motorists and the parking temporarily removed to accommodate the utility replacement and roundabout construction as part of the Queensway transit exchange and road upgrades project.

Detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic. Pedestrian access to businesses is a priority and will be maintained, says the city

The Queensway transit exchange will be temporarily re-located to the west side of Ellis Street, between Doyle Avenue and Bernard Avenue and to the northwest corner of Doyle Avenue. Kelowna transit routes and schedules can be viewed at www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

Construction of a traffic roundabout at  Queensway and Water Street is expected to be complete by the end of June when the intersection will re-open. Work will then continue on Queensway between Water Street and Pandosy Street, which will remain closed until the end of August.

Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for information about parking, road closures, project information and potential delays.

The work is part of the second and third phases of the RapidBus project, a partnership between Kelowna,West Kelowna, the WFN, Transport Canada, the  Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure  and B.C .Transit that will eventually see a limited stop, express bus service from Westbank to the UBC Okanagan campus via Highway 97.

In total, the RapidBus project will receive up to $46 million from federal, provincial and local partners.

In addition to the Queensway work, construction is already underway on an $11 million rebuild of Lakeshore Road between Lexington Road and Cook Road that will include replacing the bridge over Mission Creek.

That work is expected to be complete in the fall.

The city has also started work to improve the transit exchange at Okanagan College on KLO Road. That work is expected to be complete in September.

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