The city will re-open the Ellis Street intersection at Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna—including the section from Ellis to just west of St. Paul Street— this afternoon.
The intersection, part of the city’s $14.5 million revitalization of Bernard Avenue, is the first to re-open since work started on the multi-phase project last month. City officials say the area will reopen to both traffic and parking at 3 p.m.
According to City Hall, the utility replacement for the first phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization is now complete, with sidewalks and landscaping work to continue.
Minor traffic interruptions are still expected in the section from Ellis to St. Paul to accommodate water tie-ins.
Final streetscaping from St. Paul to Ellis is scheduled to be part of phase three work, which will start in the fall of 2013.
Remaining work include installation of lighting, sidewalks and landscaping from St. Paul to Richter streets and that is expected to be completed early December.
The rest of Bernard Avenue in the downtown core—to Abbott Street—will be rebuilt in future phases of the projects over the next year.
As a result of the re-opening of the Ellis-Bernard intersection, the truck traffic route will be reinstated on Ellis Street.
Access to businesses, walkways and sidewalks is a priority, says the city and pedestrian crossings at St. Paul and Richter are permitted when safe and traffic personnel are present to assist.
The Ellis to Richter section of the Bernard Avenue project is the first. Work will shut down over Christmas this year and restart next spring. It will then shut down over the summer of 2013 and re-start in the fall of that year. The project will be substantially complete in the late fall of 2013, with any finishing work done in the spring of 2014.
Meanwhile, all transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments. Go to bctransit.com/regions/kel for a schedule.
For more information about the Bernard Avenue revitalization project, go to the city’s webpage at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.