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Lakeshore Road Upgrades - Cook to Lexington

Upgrades on Lakeshore Road are in full swing to accommodate the utility and bridge replacement as part of the $11-million Lakeshore Road upgrades project, but it's business as usual for the Mission Creek merchants along the corridor.

While no thru traffic is allowed to cross the bridge between Lexington Drive and Cook Road, access is open to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and for parking to visit the local businesses.

Transit stops on Lakeshore Rd north of Lequime and south of Cook roads will be closed. Temporary bus stops will be in place at Cook and Lakeshore Road, Gordon Drive and Cook Road and Gordon Drive and Lexington Drive. The #1 Lakeshore transit route detour will be in and out of Mission Recreation Transit Exchange via Gordon Drive and Cook Road to and from Lakeshore Road. Improvements will include upgrades to bus stops located within the project area. Kelowna transit routes and schedules can be viewed at www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

The Mission Creek Greenway will be closed at Lakeshore Road. Trail turn-arounds will be in place for access from Gordon Drive. When the bridge replacement and road widening is complete, an underpass will provide safe access to the popular regional Greenway recreational trail.

Bridge & Transportation Improvements

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 from Richter Street to Barnaby Road is identified in the 20-Year Road Network Plan to meet future demand.

Businesses can find some useful business planning tips and marketing ideas by reviewing Open during Construction produced in collaboration with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Upgrades include replacement of the Lakeshore Road Mission Creek Bridge, installation of a sanitary trunk and the addition of an off-road multi-use pathway as well as:

  • improved traffic flow and safety
  • upgrades to sanitary trunk, stormwater and water mains
  • multi-use pathway and commuter bike lanes
  • roundabout at Lexington Drive
  • improved Greenway trail-head access
  • new sidewalks, streetscaping & landscaping
  • underground shallow utilities on east side of road, except electrical
  • conduit for future underground of electrical

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Schedule

Construction began in late-April with removal of the former White Buffalo Lodge, road closure after the Victoria Day long weekend and  completion is schedule in November. 

The Mission Creek Bridge replacement is required during the summer to minimize aquatic impacts. Road improvements will be coordinated with the installation of a new sanitary trunk underneath the roadway.

The roadway, bridge and other utilities is part of the Development Costs Charges (DCC) program with contributions from taxation, developer revenue and utility rates. 

    Preliminary Design: Completed (March 2013)
    Detailed Design: Completed (April 2014)
    Construction: Spring 2014 to Fall 2014

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Background

The preliminary design phase was presented at an Open House last spring. Check out the concept design drawings or take fly-thru to see first-hand how the design incorporates all modes of transportation.

Public Engagement

In July 2011, Urban Systems Ltd. was selected by the City of Kelowna to complete the preliminary design of Lakeshore Road from Richter Street to Lexington Drive. In fall 2011, City council endorsed a proposed public engagement plan which identified key milestones and opportunities for the community to provide input during this planning process.

The City hosted a visioning workshop at the end of January. Stakeholders representing a diverse cross-section of the community shared their vision of how the Lakeshore Corridor should look in the near future to help inform the preliminary design process. 

Residents were also invited to provide their feedback about the criteria developed by the stakeholders via an online survey. How do we accommodate all modes of transportation and realize efficiencies? How will this significant recreation destination look, feel and function in the near future? The results were compiled and referred to during the preliminary design process.

Open Houses were held for public information purposes during preliminary design (Spring 2013) and detailed design (Spring 2014). View the panels in the document center

Contact

For more information about the project, contact:

Purvez Irani, MS, P.Eng, PTOE
Project Manager, Design & Construction
250 469-8727
pirani@kelowna.ca

Ryan O'Sullivan
Design Technician, Design & Construction
250 469-8519
rosullivan@kelowna.ca 

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