The city is advising residents to slow down, stay aware and use the zipper merge ahead of roads projects set to get underway.
In addition to the West Victoria Street project (which begins on April 15 and may last for up to two years) and the Todd Road project in Barnhartvale (which will begin in May), several other road projects will be tackled through the warmer months.
City streets manager Glen Farrow said the city will begin work soon on Riverview Road in Westsyde, with two other local roads projects to follow — a portion of Gleneagles Drive in Sahali and Wedgewood Crescent in Westmount.
Valleyview Drive will also be resurfaced from Rose Hill Road to Valleyview secondary, following work by BC Hydro last year to upgrade electrical equipment and increase power to residents in the area.
“We’ll be coming in there and doing a bunch of work,” Farrow said.
“We plan on doing a mill and fill, essentially resurfacing.”
The city is also connecting with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which will be doing work in the area.
“We’re partnering with them on a bunch of stuff that’s very close to their on-off ramps near Copperhead, Pacific Way and Hillside Drive,” Farrow said.
Meanwhile, the city will also tackle work in Brocklehurst, between Parkcrest Avenue and Ord Road, on phase two of the Singh Street project that began last year.
“Phase two is improvements around the railway crossing, as well as the new multi-use path on the east side of the road,” Farrow said. “And then there’s a new parking lot as well going in on the west side of Singh, right on the intersection of Ord and Singh.”
Farrow said the West Victoria Street project will have the largest impact on traffic this summer, but he is asking those who live near all roads projects to have patience.
He said working in traffic is “always a challenge.” The city’s patching crew will also be out through the community.
Farrow said the next major road project to be undertaken by the city will be Tranquille Road in 2020, with sewer upgrades being the driving force behind the project between 12th Street and Ridgeview Terrace.
“That’s scheduled to be done next year, but there are some sections of that road where the asphalt’s failing and we need to come in and some smaller patches,” Farrow said. “Put down some Band-aids, essentially, to get us through next winter into construction in 2020.”
As for ridding the streets of all that gravel spread during winter, most of North Kamloops and Brocklehurst have been swept, with the city moving out into Westsyde and Valleyview in the coming days and downtown on the north side of Columbia Street to follow.
Zipper merge refresher:
Drivers are reminded to use both lanes of traffic until the point at which they are required to go down to one lane. Use both lanes throughout.
“It improves the flow of traffic and it is a safer movement to have everyone going those slower speeds,” Farrow said.