Motorists are temporarily being allowed through a newly reconstructed portion of West Victoria Street, north of the BC Lottery Corporation, as construction progresses on the downtown arterial route.
The City of Kamloops re-opened stage one of the four-phased project this week to a single lane of traffic between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The newly paved road, however, will be closed each night from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. until its tentative, full-time re-opening, which is set for the end of the day this Saturday.
West Seymour Street remains a temporary two-way street in the interim.
As of this Saturday, traffic patterns will return to westbound along Lansdowne Street through stage one and eastbound on West Seymour.
First Avenue, between Lansdowne and Seymour streets, will return to two-way directional traffic and traffic travelling eastbound on West Seymour will be able to turn left or right onto First Avenue or continue on Seymour.
Crews are paving the first layer of asphalt on West Seymour this week while work in other stages is ongoing.
Third-party utility work continues this week along stage two — the south side of West Victoria between The Mustard Seed and Boomers Automotive — and crews will be carrying out storm sewer work starting this week in stage three along the north side of West Victoria, near Spoke N Motion.
The $13-million reconstruction project has the city replacing century-old water and sewer lines underneath West Victoria and moving power lines underground between the BCLC and the overpass with Overlanders Bridge. The section of road is also receiving new sidewalks and landscaping.
General contractor Extreme Excavating expects to have all four stages of the project repaved before the end of the year.
Work is nearing completion in stage two and, as construction moves on to stage three, traffic patterns will change again, with a single lane moving east and west on the south side of the road comprising stage two.