Longer work window sought for Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue project

Roads manager wants crews allowed to work any time of the day in order to complete the revitalization of Kelowna main downtown street.

Kelowna city council will be asked Monday to approve a plan that allow crews working on the Bernard Avenue revitalization project to work from 6 a.m. to midnight.

According to the city’s roads, drainage and solid waste projects manager, Pervez Irani, the longer daily window for work is needed because no work took place this summer or will take place during July and August 2013, considered prime construction seasons. As a result, the contractor will have to implement two shifts in order to meet project completion deadlines,” he said in a report to council.

The $14 million road project, which kicked off Tuesday, will see the Bernard Avenue between Richter Street and the Lake ripped up, underground services replaced and repaired, and the entire street remodelled with wider sidewalks, street furniture, new lighting and a more pedestrian-friendly ambiance.

In addition to allowing work in the evening— past the normal hours allowed in the city’s noise bylaw— a second request, to allow work between midnight and 6 a.m., will also be made. Irani said that will help reduce the inconvenience to businesses in the area and and pedestrians going to those businesses during normal working hours.

The road revitalization project is being completed in three major phases, this fall and in the spring and fall of 2013. Minor finishing work will be done in the spring of 2014 and Mayor Walter Gray said he wants the entire project complete by the Victoria Day weekend in May 2014.

Council, which is expected to approve the long work hour requests, will consider them at its council meeting on Monday afternoon.


Kelowna Capital News