Roadwork around Kamloops this year will focus on arterials, including the ongoing Tranquille Road project, Columbia Street and the Victoria Street corridor on the east side of downtown.
Streets manager Glen Farrow said the city will begin work in May on the Columbia Street corridor, from Notre Dame Drive to McGill Road.
“Arguably the busiest corridor in all of Kamloops, in Sahali there, on and off the highway,” Farrow said. “We are looking at night work for a portion of that,:
Farrow said work will include new asphalt and utility and signalization upgrades.
Farrow said also included in the project is repaving of some arterials that branch off of Columbia Street, such as Notre Dame to Summit Drive, in front of the Columbia Place strip mall.
Meanwhile, the city plans to repave Victoria Street between Eighth and 13th avenues, along with sections of Lansdowne and Battle streets, later this summer.
Farrow called the area the east Victoria corridor, spanning from behind Memorial Arena to the Valleyview interchange. It is expected to be done in late July or August.
After work on Tranquille Road in Brocklehurst wraps up, the city is also hoping to repave Fortune Drive. Between this year and next year, the busy road is planned to be repaved from Eighth Street to Overlanders Bridge.
“That’s another important corridor that needs some work, that we’re aware of,” Farrow said.
Other road projects on the books this year include:
• Repaving of Schreiner Street in Brocklehurst, between Edgemount Avenue and Bossert Avenue, including replacing water and sanitary castings and painting a pedestrian shoulder;
• Reconstructing Westmount Drive in Westsyde, including water service replacement, drainage and sanitary upgrades and a pedestrian walkway;
• Repaving of Comazetto Road in Valleyview and extending a sidewalk;
• Repaving Fleetwood Avenue in Brocklehurst and constructing a sidewalk.
Farrow called it “exciting” to add sidewalks for neighbourhood access.
“With Fleetwood, there are very, very few sidewalks that run east to west out in Brock, so this will be a fantastic, safer way to move people through neighbourhoods to those schools and it’s on a bus route,” he said. “Very excited about this particular project.”
The city contributes $5 million annually toward asphalt. In addition to the aforementioned projects, smaller maintenance projects are also occurring, such as patching this year of Mission Flats Road and the roundabout at Pacific Way in Aberdeen.