Public input invited on new-look Lakeshore Road, Mission Creek Bridge

City has opened an online survey to find out how the pubic wants the road and bridge to look.

Kelowna is asking residents what they think are important features for its next major transportation infrastructure project in the Mission.

Residents are being invited to invited to participate in an online survey about the Lakeshore Road Mission Creek Bridge replacement to provide feedback about what is important for the future of Lakeshore Road corridor.

“How do we accommodate all modes of transportation and realize efficiencies?” asked the city’s news release announcing the invitation to participate in the online survey. “How will this significant recreation destination look, feel and function in the near future?”

According to the city, decisions will be based on feedback that respects community values, accommodates future growth, supports the city’s 2030 official community plan and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

A major tourism and recreation corridor, Lakeshore Road sees an average of 12,000 vehicles per day. As the South Mission area continues to grow, the widening of Lakeshore Road is identified in Kelowna’s  20-year road network plan to meet the demand.

Information and ideas were gathered earlier this year from a cross-section of stakeholders to help with initial plans for the redesign of Lakeshore Road from Richter Street to Lexington Road, including the Mission Creek Bridge, and they will serve as the first phase for future road and utility infrastructure improvements that will ultimately extend from the Pandosy town centre area to Barnaby Road.

The preliminary designs for the new bridge, utilities and the roadway are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with construction dependent on the success of an application for funding for the collection of gas tax revenues.

Feedback for the Lakeshore Road project survey will be accepted until June 3. Access to the survey is via the city’s webpage ——and clicking on Lakeshore Road Improvements link in the City in Action section at the top of the page.