City expects about two weeks of delays remaining for West Victoria construction

The city expects West Victoria construction to wrap up in about two weeks time.

City of Kamloops capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said phase four utility work is nearly complete and the final paving stretch of the year, about 75 metres from Sun Life beneath Overlanders Bridge toward the Summit Connector, is scheduled for Nov. 10.

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That day or two of work will mark the end of paving for the year, but construction will continue to cause traffic delays until that time.

“Unfortunately, where you go down to one lane there — especially when we had to cut across the road with the utility work, because we can only do half at a time — then we’re impacting the road,” Crundwell said.

“That is one of the worst points in terms of a traffic delay because everything coming off of Summit and going to the North Shore and anybody heading from downtown, heading up Summit, is impacted because everything comes to that pinch point. We’re through the worst of it. Paving and the last bit of concrete, that’s what’s left. The deep utility work through there was also challenging.”

Crundwell said the weather is looking good in the final work days of 2019 and he expects the project to wrap up five months early, in June of next year. It was originally expected to take two full construction seasons, wrapping up in the fall of 2020.

However, Crundwell said a new procurement process utilized for the project focussed not on the least expensive contract but best value. He credited that decision for the reduced timeline.

“Low price is not the only value to the taxpayer, city, residents,” Crundwell said.

Electrical work and further landscaping will be completed next year.

“We’re just about there,” he said.

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