Mayor Ken Christian wants Kamloops residents to get their heads around impending impacts of a major road construction project, which will begin downtown this spring.
Christian said residents are wondering how they will get to North Kamloops when the West Victoria Street project begins and he is telling them it will be difficult. He likened the project to road closures during 2015 work on Overlanders Bridge.
“This is going to be that times 18 months,” Christian said. “And, so, people need to start thinking about that. We will help them through it, in terms of planning alternatives and working at different times of the day and everything that we can, but you can’t dig up a major thoroughfare and totally rebuild it without disruption.”
The city is planning to start the West Victoria Street project in April. The city has said the project will impact traffic, though lanes will be maintained in both directions. It will include roadwork and utility infrastructure upgrades beneath the asphalt, as well as upgraded lighting, sidewalks and landscaping.
The city has said it will be working with businesses along the arterial route during that time, as well as emergency services, transit and the city’s marginalized, due to proximity to The Mustard Seed New Life Community and Emerald House shelter.
The project could take up to two years to complete.