Extreme Excavating gets $13-million West Victoria Street reconstruction contract

Prepare for delays as the main road leading into downtown from the North Shore undergoes a facelift that will last between 18 months and two years

The city is one step closer to starting a major road reconstruction project on West Victoria Street.

Kamloops general contractor Extreme Excavating Ltd. has been awarded the $13-million contract to replace aging infrastructure (water, sanitary and storm), reconstruct the road, improve pedestrian safety and beautify the area with landscaping and lighting.

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The project is expected to begin in April and could wrap up as early as fall 2020. The city previously told KTW, however, the project could take up to two years.

City staff said they will work to minimize impacts on business owners, commuters and residents, but they are pre-emptively warning about delays and congestion.

“Proactive and transparent communication with the public, as well as the businesses on Victoria Street West, will be a primary objective for this project,” City of Kamloops civic operations director Jen Fretz said in a press release. “Significant traffic delays should be expected, but the city will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction and access to businesses throughout the duration of the project.”

A public drop-in information session related to the project will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St. The contractor and city staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

For more information, go online to letstalk.kamloops.ca.

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