Kelowna has detailed its construction plans, utility upgrades, paving plans and park improvements for 2015.
At meeting with the media Thursday, city staff discussed their plans to spend more than $90 million on the design and construction of projects throughout the city this year, including construction of new amenities and maintenance or upgrading of existing infrastructure.
“We conduct this annual presentation for the media so that they can let residents know what’s happening in their neighbourhoods and other construction activity they might encounter as they’re driving through the city,” said Alan Newcombe, infrastructure director for the City of Kelowna.
“It gives residents a heads-up to allow them to consider an alternate travel route, or just to inform them about the work they see being done.”
Major projects this year will include a new downtown parkade and an addition to the existing library parkade on Ellis Street, Lakeshore Road upgrades near Anne McClymont School, completion of the second phase of Stuart Park on the downtown lakeshore and the upgrade of the Queensway Transit hub beside City Hall.
Pavement management, a unique program that rehabilitates roads so full replacement can be deferred and money saved, will include 13 road segments this year and more than 18 kilometres of road will be resurfaced in 2015.
“It takes a lot of coordination to get close to 100 projects all going in the right direction,” said Newcombe. “And we are always grateful for the patience and understanding our residents and businesses show for the crews doing the work. It can be difficult while the work is going on, but the work is necessary to keep our city in good condition and continues to make Kelowna a great place to live.”
Images and descriptions of Kelowna’s 2015 capital projects are available at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
Updated information about major city projects is available anytime by clicking on the 2015 Capital Project Map link on the City Projects website page.