Council provides last-minute input for RapidBus exchanges

Construction on the new exchanges in West Kelowna is expected to begin in August 2013.

West Kelowna council had a final opportunity to give their input regarding the two main RapidBus transit exchanges Tuesday before BC Transit issues a tender for construction.

The Westbank Centre exchange located along Elliott Road will include left turn lanes for those turning onto Dobbin Road and Main Street.

A bus priority lane will run along the west side of Elliott Road.

“I’m quite impressed with some of the improvements and enhancements that have been added,” said Coun. David Knowles.

“The overall look and usage of the place (will make it) a lot safer and more pleasant.”

Mayor Doug Findlater provided a few suggestions for the Elliott Road exchange, including a crosswalk near Churchill Road.

“You’re not going to get people walking to Main or Dobbin, they’re just going to jaywalk,” said Findlater.

He asked that BC Transit also look into a short left turn lane onto Churchill Road, which he explained might take some of the pressure off Elliott.

The Boucherie Mountain exchange will be located at Westgate Road and Highway 97.

West Kelowna council unanimously supported BC Transit in issuing the tender for construction of Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain exchanges.

Construction is expected to start in August 2013, with the project completion date set for June 30, 2014.

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