Public to get preview of new-look Bernard Avenue

The city will host an open house next week to show off plans for revitalization of Kelowna's main downtown street.

The public will get a sneak peek of what the new-look Bernard Avenue will actually look like next week.

The city will host an open house April 4 at the Royal Anne Hotel downtown to show off what it describes as a street where “pedestrians rule, cycling is cool and vehicles glide over smooth new asphalt.”

“This will be the first unveiling of some streetscape details and we’re excited to show how much more attractive it’s going to be for people,” said Bill Berry, director of design and construction services.

“Bernard is going to be a destination for people—a place they’re going to want to visit and spend time exploring on foot.”

Some of the street’s furnishings and finishing details, project phasing schedule and community information plan will be on display at the open house, which will run from from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

The designs on display will present a street the city decribes as a more pedestrian friendly place, with more sidewalk space for retail displays and seating. The street design will also calm traffic flow and make it a better place for cyclists.

The City and its consultants will finalize design and construction details this summer before construction work begins on Bernard Avenue later this year.

The $14.5 million project will be carried out in three phases—the first this fall, followed by another next spring and the third in the fall of 2013.

Businesses on Bernard, from Richter Street to Abbott Street will help pay for the streetscaping portion of the project.

Part of the work includes ripping up the road and replacing infrastructure below the roadway surface.

At the open house, city staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information about the project, go to kelowna.ca/cityprojects and see the Bernard Avenue Revitalization button.