Glenmore Road dark fibre installation is going underground
Beginning March 12, motorists can expect minor delays on Glenmore Drive, north of Snowsell Street to John Hindle Drive, for dark fibre installation construction.
Work will mainly be on the road shoulder but single-lane, alternating traffic will begin when construction crosses from the west to east side of Glenmore Road, south of Galiano Road.
The Glenmore Road section is one of five new areas planned for construction in 2018 to expand the dark fibre network, with a total budget of $1.14 million. This section involves the installation of 1.4 kilometres of conduit to house the City's fibre optic communications network and is anticipated for completion on March 31.
The City has already installed approximately 16 kilometres of fibre optic cable to provide high bandwidth data services to a number of City facilities. This is important to residents because it helps improve City service delivery, saves money and attracts investment from the high-tech sector. The City’s dark fibre offering has no limits on bandwidth, so organizations that need to move large amounts of data can now move infinite amounts of data at whatever speeds they want, for a flat monthly fee to the City of Kelowna.
This year, another 20 kilometres will be added, more than doubling the size of the network to accommodate future City needs and to be available for lease to businesses and institutions.
The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and commuters while construction work is underway.
Learn more about the City's dark fibre network and how it's working for Kelowna residents, visit kelowna.ca/darkfibre.
Plan your commute at kelowna.ca/roadreport for information about parking, road closures and potential delays.