Bernard Avenue to get final paving by end of May

The re-designed Bernard Avenue will lead pedestrians to Kelowna's downtown waterfront, soon to have two new piers and a new yacht club.

The job is nearly done for construction crews on Kelowna's Bernard Avenue. After more than three months of labor, dust and yellow tape the end is in sight for phase two of the revitalization project. Vernon-based CGL Contracting hopes to be packing up their trucks by end of month. 

Project superintendent Rob Rietman is looking forward to see the finished product after weeks of non-stop construction. 

"We're going to try to be out of here by the end of May, and hopefully pave the last week of May," he says.

The new wood-crafted pedestrian lights are up and the young alder trees are already greening the walkways. The road is currently paved with one layer of asphalt but will need a final coat to match up with the rest of the downtown roadways. 

"That's why there's this bump here," Rietman says."We've got a second lift going in, another four inches of asphalt."

Once that's done, Rietman says he's looking forward to some camping.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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