Expect delays in front of Royal Inland Hospital as work begins this week on an asphalt resurfacing project at Columbia Street and Third Avenue that will see westbound traffic reduced to one lane.
The City of Kamloops has hired BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. resurface the intersection oat Columbia and Third. The project’s scope of work is limited to milling existing asphalt, paving and placing new pavement markings. The project will also improve uneven surfaces for pedestrians through the intersection.
The work will extend up Third Avenue to just north of St Ann’s Academy, including the eastbound slip lane. The work will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and is expected to be finished by Sept. 18, with the most significant traffic impacts taking place on the first day. Hours of work will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with work on Columbia Street restricted to between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
During the project, transit will have a dedicated lane through the construction area and stops will not be impacted, emergency vehicles will be accommodated at all times, traffic will be reduced to one lane westbound, the two eastbound lanes will be merged into one and shifted to the north side of the meridian on Columbia Street.
Motorists are asked to consider an alternate route to and from the downtown area.
Motorists are reminded to use caution when driving in the area and to obey all traffic control personnel and devices.