Kamloops has received $4 million that will be used on portions of the city’s North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor, a continuous bicycle route from Aberdeen to Batchelor Heights that is under various stages of development.
The latest infusion of money from the federal and provincial governments — via the Canada Infrastructure Program COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream — will be used for work on the corridor in Sahali and downtown.
The $4-million project, which was originally scheduled to be completed in two stages —the Summit Drive portion in 2021/2022 and the Sixth Avenue portion in 2023/2024 — will start later this year.
The Summit-Downtown connection includes two components :
• The Summit multi-use path is a 850-metre, three-meter wide, separated pathway with lighting upgrades and traffic signal installation that will connect the south end (top near Sa-Hali secondary) of the Xget’tem’ Trail at Notre Dame Drive to the Summit Drive bike lane at Whiteshield Crescent South.
• The north end (bottom, in Peterson Creek Park) of the Xget’tem’ Trail will be connected to the Lansdowne Street transit exchange via Kamloops’ first two-way protected bike lane along Sixth Avenue, which will be 560 metres in length.
Future phases of the North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor include cycling infrastructure between Aberdeen and Upper Sahali along Highway 5A and connections from Batchelor Heights to Westmount, which are prioritized in the city’s Transportation Master Plan.