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Bernard Ave now open to motorists
Phase 3a of the $14-million Bernard Ave revitalization project reopened to motorists on Nov 7 at 4 p.m. Remaining works may continue through November, including street furniture installation and plantings. Temporary ramps are present at crosswalks and along the parking pads until top lift paving is completed next spring.
The truck route will resume on Ellis Street until the planned improvements are made to Gordon Drive in 2014.
Design elements in the streetscape like the polished pavers, etched concrete and the traffic bollard inserts, reflect three different themes along Bernard Avenue.
The themes are derived from Kelowna's natural and cultural heritage with tributes to the First Nation people of this area. At the east end of Bernard, the street emphasizes the hillsides and grasslands of the Okanagan valley. The west end emphasizes the lake and our aquatic environment. In between the theme highlights the cultural history of our community.
Specific features of note include:
- Traffic bollards at the crosswalks inset with naturally rusting corten steel and cut out images relevant to the themes.
- Natural wood plates on the light posts
- Natural basalt stone benches and pavers
- Local animals and plants engraved in sporadically placed polished basalt pavers.
- Garbage cans, utility boxes and bike lockers wrapped with historical images
- Gobo lights projecting images onto the sidewalk
- Sidewalk etchings at pedestrian crosswalks
- Thematic public art components built into the light standards
For more information on the project, email
Downtown Kelowna Association