Ellison Pedestrian Overpass and Multi-use Pathway
The Province of BC, UBC and City of Kelowna have undertaken a preliminary design for a new 1.5-km, four meter wide pathway across both Highway 97 and CN Rail to UBC Okanagan campus.
The new multi-use pathway in the Ellison area of Kelowna will provide direct pedestrian and cyclist access to the University and link to existing on and off street bike networks from Rutland to UBC Okanagan.
The multi-use pathway is strategically located to service students, staff, faculty and visitors of the University and provide a safe and convenient passage to the campus. The new off-highway pathway will support and encourage safe pedestrian and cycling, while reducing vehicle dependency and green house gas emissions.
Preliminary Design Panels
Bridge overview – north
Bridge overview - south
Bridge overview – east
Safety and Security features
UBC Okanagan has experienced significant growth and the demand to create safe alternatives for active transportation options for students and staff is on the rise. With UBC Okanagan’s population of more than 7,000 students, 5,500 of which live off campus, this adds up to 41,000 trips to the university each week. A transportation study done at UBCO stated that 56 of 239 individuals being interviewed would bike to school more frequently if bike routes and bike storage facilities were improved.
Schedule and Budget
The preliminary design is complete. The next phases will see detail design and construction start in 2013. The City of Kelowna continues to work closely with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure towards developing a cycling network alternative to Highway 97 within the city and region.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna and UBC Okanagan jointly funded the planning and preliminary engineering that was completed in 2012.
Detailed design and contruction to take place in 2013 is a $3.1 million dollar investment in active transportation funded equally through the Provincial Cycling Investment Program (BikeBC), and the Federal Community Works Gas Tax Fund.
Regional Project Manager