Second phase of Kelowna’s Bernard revitalization to start

In addition, work is set to begin on construction of a new public pier and marina on the Kelowna's downtown lakeshore.

Kelowna is gearing up for the second phase of the revitalization work on Bernard Avenue downtown.

The first phase of the work, from Richter Street to St. Paul Street, wrapped up before Christmas and introduced wider sidewalks, new lights and trees to that stretch of the main downtown street. .

Before phase two, from Abbott Street to Pandosy Street, starts at the beginning of February, more work will take place at the Kerry Park end of Bernard.

Storm drainage outfall work will begin at the park next week and will be completed in stages. That means safety barriers will be erected and equipment moved onsite.

The sidewalk on Bernard Avenue along Kerry Park will be closed. Bernard Avenue traffic is expected to remain two lanes with intermittent interruptions for the movement of machinery across the road to the park until phase two of the Bernard Avenue revitalization work begins, says the city.

The second phase of the revitalization work is expected to wrap up in June.

Meanwhile, construction of the new public pier off Kerry Park is also slated to start.

Edmonton-based Westcorp Inc., which has a contract to build the $5 million pier and marina project, will start work next week with the removal of the pilings anchoring the existing commercial dock at Kerry Park.

Pile driving for the new pier and marina will follow once the removals are complete.

The majority of this work will occur primarily from the lake side but movement of equipment may cause intermittent pedestrian delays or a temporary detour on the waterfront promenade, says the city.

For more information go the city’s webpage: kelowna.ca/cityprojects.