On Sunday, the City of Kamloops will begin the second stage of work on the West Victoria Street reconstruction project, which will be focused near BCLC’s upper parking lot entrance along West Seymour Street to west of Boomers Automotive.
City capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said the project is on or slightly ahead of schedule.
“We’re basically where we wanted to be at this time,” he said.
The second phase of the project will include the same work already being undertaken— replacing water lines, sewer pipes and underground telecommunications, relocating services and more —but in a different location.
The multi-stage approach, which will move through the corridor, was planned to keep traffic flowing in the major arterial throughout the duration of the project, which will last between 18 months and two years.
“The only thing that’s switching is the location of the work,” Crundwell said.
Phase one and phase two will overlap through July. Crews continue sanitary and water main work and more in that first phase.
Crundwell said about 30 workers are on scene, noting he has been impressed with the organization of the worksite, considering the number of different parties involved and the complicated nature of accessing overlapping services underground.
Crundwell said records have not always matched what workers are finding beneath the road’s surface, but no major surprises have so far arisen.
“We haven’t hit anything major,” he said.
Crews will begin removing asphalt on Sunday night. Construction will take place on the south side of the road, with traffic on the north side being single lane in each direction.
One business owner previously criticized the project for not having workers toiling around the clock. Crundwell said reasons to avoid night and weekend work are high costs and the difficulty of working on the complex underground systems under lights, while collaborating with partners, such as BC Hydro, Telus and Fortis.
The city is reminding the public that businesses remain open during the duration of the project. Motorists are asked to have patience, maintain 30 km/h through the construction zone, utilize the zipper merge and obey traffic control and personnel.
For more on the project, maps of parking and business access, traffic webcams and more, go online to letstalk.kamloops.ca/victoriawest.