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Final Phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization to start
The final phase of the $14 million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" is underway from Ellis to Pandosy streets, including the Pandosy intersection, with completion scheduled by June 2014.
During construction it is business as usual for restaurants, retail outlets and the unique shops that give Bernard Avenue its distinct character. Walkways and access to businesses will be maintained.
The improvements will see expanded outdoor retail and café space, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, street furniture, landscaping and replacement of utilities.
The existing trees were evaluated prior to the start of the project but removal was made necessary because of the declining health and the need to improve sidewalk drainage and pedestrian circulation. About 140 new trees will be planted along Bernard Avenue of the Skyline Honey Locust variety, a species more suited to urban settings, while about 70 will be removed.
Final paving, finishing work and permanent road markings of the previous phase between St. Paul and Ellis streets will occur this spring.
For more information on the project, email
Downtown Kelowna Association