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Lakeshore Road Upgrades - Cook Rd to Lexington Dr Bridge & Transportation Improvements

The replacement of the Lakeshore Road Mission Creek Bridge, installation of a sanitary trunk and the addition of an off-road multi-use pathway is the next significant infrastructure improvement planned for the city. 

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.

Bridge & Transportation Improvements

The Mission Creek Bridge replacement will be done between May and November of 2014 to minimize aquatic impacts.

Infrastructure improvements will include:

  • 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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Estimated schedule

Construction is scheduled to begin late-April, which includes the removal of the former White Buffalo Lodge, with completion anticipated by November. The timing of the 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

City Project Status - detailed design

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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