Transit improvements complete on Kelowna’s Lakeshore Road

$1.9 million project includes a new South Pandosy Transit Exchange.

Kelowna City Hall says work on Lakeshore Road between Lanfranco and KLO roads is now complete and the new South Pandosy transit exchange is now operational.

The $1.8-million project began in mid-May and includes:

• Two bus pullouts on Lakeshore Road, one adjacent and one opposite Mission Park Mall

• A new crosswalk north of the driveway at Mission Park Mall’s south entrance to improve pedestrian access to transit stops

• Shortened pedestrian crossing distances with the addition of “curb bulbs” that also create a protected pull-in space for buses

• A revamped Lakeshore Road that now features a single lane in either direction plus a centre turning lane

• New bike lanes and additional on-street parking.

• A shared bike/bus lane in front of Mission Park Mall, which has been widened to 4.4 metres, allowing buses to dock and cyclists to travel through the area safely.

Transit service has resumed at the South Pandosy transit exchange by Mission Park Mall.

Minor work and cleanup may continue over the next few days, says the city and the final installation of three LED-lit bus shelters will take place later this summer.

The transit exchange is one of many transit projects in Kelowna that are part of B.C. Transit’s RapidBus Phase Two and Three Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit.

In total, the project will receive up to $46 million from federal, provincial and local partners. For more information visit www.kelownarapidbus.ca.