Second phase of Bernard Avenue work set to start

Part of Kelowna's downtown main street will close to traffic starting next week as the massive revitalization project resumes.

It’s happening again.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 a.m., Bernard Avenue, from Abbott Street to Pandosy Street will be close to motorists to accommodate utility replacement and streetscaping for the second phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization project.

With the closure of Abbott Street at Bernard Avenue, commuters are advised to use alternate accesses to the downtown core. Abbott will have a dual right-turn lane onto Leon Avenue and detour routes will be clearly marked, say city officials. Traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

The multi-million dollar million revitalization project, which started last fall at the east end, from Richter Street to St. Paul Street, is being done in three phases. This second phase will wrap up in late spring and the third phase will be completed in the fall and early winter.

During the construction, the city has used the phrase “It’s Happening” to promote the downtown during the construction. It has stressed businesses along the popular downtown “main street” are still open, albeit in some locations only to foot traffic while the roadway is torn up.

During the second phase of the work, transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, routes serving downtown may experience delays due to construction. Go to bctransit.com/regions/kel for information about transit schedules.

Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways will be a priority and maintained whenever possible during the work, says the city and there will be pedestrian crossings at Mill Street and Water Street. permitted when safe.

An amendment to the city’s noise bylaw was granted by council to allow for extended construction hours, from 6 a.m. to midnight, in order to help speed the work along. Occasional work may also occur outside of these times to minimize impacts on businesses and limit the time of active construction in the area, said a releases from city hall.

The $11-million project was contracted to CGL Contracting. Focus Corporation is the contract administrator.

For more information about the project, go to: kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

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