City of Kelowna says it can save money by fixing, widening Clifton Road now

A short stretch of Clifton Road in Glenmore will cost $3.6 million to widen and have drainage improved.

The city says it can save more than $1 million by replacing drainage, sewer and water pipes under a stretch of Clifton Road in Glenmore and widening the road to four lanes all at the same time.

According to infrastructure division director John Vos, while council had already approved $750,000 for just the drainage work, if the additional work is done at the same time and the scope of the project is scaled back, the entire construction will cost $3.6 million instead of $4.6 million.

“This is a heavily used road,” said Vos, of the thoroughfare that leads into the residential areas of Clifton Road and Magic Estates. The portion in question is lined with houses.

Vos said the road-widening is included in the city’s 20-year servicing plan and would likely have been scheduled for three to five years from now anyway, meaning ripping up the road between Mountain Avenue and Clement Way twice within a three to five-year span. This way, it will only be torn up once.

The storm drain work is required because of flooding problems for area residents following heavy rainfalls. Heavy rain last September lead to “significant” flooding at a number area homes. Other properties in the area have had flooding problems during heavy rainfalls for several years. And, the threat of more flooding still exists, said Vos.

The cost of the road work will be covered by development cost charges that the city raises from development throughout the city.

The cost savings will be realized by designing the 300-metre, four-lane stretch of Clifton to skinnier cross-section than originally planned.

The more expensive plan would have seen the city forced to buy additional property alongside the road so it could widen the right-of-way to 30 metres, said Vos. Without the extra land, the width will stay at 25 metres.

While the city still has to design the road and hold community consultations, it expects to start construction in early summer and be finished by fall.

The new stretch will include four lanes for traffic, sidewalks and street lighting.

 

 

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