Columbia paving project to tie up traffic this summer

Columbia Street West between Notre Dame Drive and McGil Road, Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive and Summit Drive between McGill Road and Notre Dame Drive are set to be milled and repaved, with work to begin on June 14.

The need for road resurfacing is driving a major road project that begins next week in Sahali — with Columbia Street West between Notre Dame Drive and McGil Road, Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive and Summit Drive between McGill Road and Notre Dame Drive set to be milled and repaved.

City of Kamloops capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said the $2.6-million Columbia corridor project, which will begin on June 14 and last about two months, is needed because asphalt in the area is well beyond its useful life.

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Work will start on Notre Dame Drive. Crundwell said minor utility work — water main upgrades between McDonald’s and the Bank of Montreal — will be done first. Traffic signalization infrastructure upgrades at the intersection of Columbia Street West and Notre Dame Drive will follow.

“They won’t look a lot different, but it’s new signals going in there,” Crundwell said, noting installation of the signal and utility work will be the only underground work to occur as part of the project.

That area and Notre Dave Drive toward the entrance into Starbucks will also be milled and repaved.

Columbia project
Source: City of Kamloops

The intersection of Notre Dame and Summit Drive, adjacent to Sa-Hali secondary and Toys 'R’ Us, will also see a facelift, with modified right-turn channels, as well as median and boulevard modifications.

The city is also planning to build a new multi-use pathway connecting to that area at the Xget’tem’ Trail, but Crundwell said that construction work won’t occur until later this year.

“Other than the physical location, they’re not connected at all,” Crundwell said, noting the project is slated to begin in September after road resurfacing in the area in order to mitigate traffic impacts.

During work set to begin next week, Notre Dame Drive will be closed to westbound traffic for three weeks and a detour will be provided to westbound traffic via Summit Drive.

Crundwell said the city is trying to do a lot of work at night in order to mitigate impacts on the public and get the project done in the busy area as quickly as possible. The city is advising people to avoid the area, expect delays, utilize detours and have patience.

“We still want to see them support businesses, but if they [Kamloops residents] can avoid the corridor, avoid the corridor,” Crundwell advised. “As you know, that’s arguably the busiest area in the city … Just asking for people’s patience and we’ll do the best we can do to reduce those impacts. We’re trying to do that with a lot of the night work.”

The project is being funded primarily from the city’s annual arterial roads budget. BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. is the prime contractor

Meanwhile, the Tranquille Road sanitary sewer replace project continues in Brocklehurst, with plans for completion at the end of August, and the East Victoria Street corridor — from Memorial Arena east toward 10th Avenue — will also be repaved this summer.

For more information or to sign up for updates on the project, go online to letstalk.kamloops.ca/columbia.

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