Two large stretches of highway in Kelowna are about to get facelifts — one minor and one major.
A 2.5-kilometre portion of Highway 33 through Rutland, from Mill’s Road near the intersection with Highway 97, to Muir Road, near the corner before the hill leading up to Black Mountain, will be repaved starting Monday.
At the same time, a five-kilometre stretch of Highway 97, from Gordon Drive to Highway 33, will have minor repaving work done to it.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, both roads will only be worked on during evening hours to mitigate the impact on traffic. During the day, the roads will be open to traffic but the road surface may be uneven due to the “mill and fill” process that will be used. Mill and fill is when the top layer of asphalt is removed and used to resurface the road.
The Highway 33 work is set to expected to be wrapped up by the end of October, while the Highway 97 work is only expected to take about a week to complete.
“We’re so excited,” said Laurel D’Andrea of the Uptown Rutland Business Association about the repaving of Highway 33. “This has been in the works for a long time.”
She said it’s just the start of several improvements to the Rutland area, including the creation by the city of a new transit exchange on Shepherd Road.
The $3.2 million contract for the repaving work has been awarded to Lafarge’s Westlake Paving and Aggregates, said a ministry spokesman.