Lakeshore Road work partially wraps up in time for back to school

The stretch of Lakeshore Road outside Anne McClymont Elementary will be ready to use next Tuesday. But farther along, work continues.

Just in time for students returning to school, a portion of the work on Lakeshore Road—the section outside Anne McClymont Elementary—is wrapping up.

According the Kelowna city hall, as of next Tuesday—the day students across theCentral Okanagan return to school following their summer break—  Lakeshore between Dehart Road and Knowles Road will be clear of construction activity and the school zone will be in effect.

Utility replacement, curb and gutter, sidewalks and pathway and paving in that section of Lakeshore has been completed with the exception of the lane between the telephone poles and the east curb.

Streetscaping work including the planting of trees and other plantings and the installation of , irrigation, brickwork and street lights will continue however, and drivers are being warned that could lead to intermittent, non-peak time, traffic interruptions.

A final layer of asphalt and finishing work is scheduled for next spring.

Meanwhile, work on the road will continue between Knowles and McClure, where motorists can continue to expect delays. Paving on that section is expected to take place in November.

Next week, Anne McClymont Elementary will have personnel assisting drivers dropping student off at the school because there is new drop-off zone and new short-term parking stalls that were created as part of the infrastructure upgrade on Lakeshore.

The city says while pedestrian access will be available on Lakeshore Road, cyclists are encouraged to follow the posted detour route due to the uneven surface on the road.

Transit buses serving this area are also expected to  experience delays due to the construction.  Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel or call the hotline at 250-860-8121 for schedules and plan travel accordingly.

The $3.3-million contract for the road improvements to the section of Lakeshore Road between Dehart and McClure roads was awarded to Copcan Civil Ltd. The work will include new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, a multi-use pathway, on-road bike lanes and pedestrian and roadway lighting improvements. Forty new deciduous trees will be planted in the boulevards.