John Hindle Drive opening ceremony

September 7, 2018

John Hindle Drive opening ceremony

Today, Friday, September 7, the official ribbon cutting took place to celebrate, along with our funding partners, the completion of John Hindle Drive and pedestrian and cycling network improvements. John Hindle Drive opened to public Friday, August 31.

“Investing in our transportation networks is key to sustaining economic growth and creating liveable communities,” said Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am pleased to see these important upgrades to John Hindle Drive complete, which will make getting to campus easier for students, increase airport connections for tourists, and help businesses in the area move their goods safely and efficiently.”

The $12 million John Hindle Drive project provides alternative access to UBC Okanagan and Kelowna Airport, reduces congestion and travel times along Highway 97 and provides an alternate connection to Glenmore Road, improving network connectivity and increasing mobility.

“Today, we see new infrastructure, approved under our government in partnership with the City of Kelowna, which will ensure safer and shorter drives for thousands of people in our beautiful city,” said MLA Norm Letnick.

This important road and cycling network addition, connects the City’s north end with UBC Okanagan and Hollywood Road North as well as completes the final segment of John Hindle Drive, connecting Glenmore Landfill with UBC Okanagan.

“Over the next 20 years, by encouraging future growth in urban centres and making investments like John Hindle Drive that make sustainable transportation options easier and more convenient, we will be able to meet the increasing demand for travel with less need for expensive road expansions,” said Mayor Colin Basran.

John Hindle Drive pedestrian overpass is scheduled for completion on Tuesday, September 25 and provides the community with a safe and direct link to UBC Okanagan. The pathway leading to the overpass runs parallel to Academy Way, spanning John Hindle Drive and connecting to UBC Okanagan. This project has a total estimated cost of $1.5 million.

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