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Lakeshore Road Upgrades -
Cook to Lexington
Bridge & Transportation Improvements
With less than two weeks left until Lakeshore Road is scheduled to open, the construction site is seeing the final touches coming together.
Residents can look forward to upgrades that were influenced by their input. During community consultations held during 2012, prior to design and construction of the corridor, the City heard a number of design objectives and delivered on them, including:
- Aesthetic characteristics incorporated throughout the road corridor of a riparian nature to create a unique identity and sense of place due to its proximity to Okanagan Lake and the Mission Creek Greenway
- Safe travel for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists with the addition of extra wide commuter bike lanes and off road pathway for recreational users and sidewalks for pedestrians.
- Provide safe and continuous access to the Mission Creek Greenway
- Protect sanctuary spaces in the area along the Mission Creek
- Ensure efficient travel with the addition of roundabout at Lexington Drive and more formalized accesses to businesses
- Provide upgrades to transit stops with the addition of shelters and benches between Cook and Lexington Drive
The Greenway trail turnaround will remain in place on the north side of Mission Creek while final site work is done around the Lakeshore Bridge. Due to cold weather conditions the final lift of asphalt will be completed in the spring along with minor landscaping if required.
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.
Construction began in May with removal of the former White Buffalo Lodge, road closure after the Victoria Day long weekend and completion is schedule by the end of 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
The preliminary design phase was presented at an Open House last spring. Check out the concept design drawings or take a fly-thru to see first-hand how the design incorporates all modes of transportation.
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.
For more information about the project, contact:
Purvez Irani, MS, P.Eng, PTOE
Project Manager, Design & Construction
Design Technician, Design & Construction