July 11, 2014 - 3:19 PM
WEST KELOWNA – Gellatly Road, closed since May by bank erosion, will reopen to vehicle and pedestrian traffic Saturday.
Mayor Doug Findlater declared a local State of Emergency May 12 and the stretch between Witt and Carrall Roads was closed while damage was assessed.
Work on the roadway began May 20 but due to the complex engineering challenges completion was delayed.
“The challenge with this road is significant,” said District Communication Supervisor Kirsten Jones. “It’s a very steep section of the bank and the other side of the road is owned by Westbank First Nation so we don’t own that land.”
Gellatly Road is a major transport corridor, with a bus stop, utility lines as well as a sewer system running underneath. Approximately 160 metres of the roadway are effected by the erosion, which is spilling down the east side approximately 20 metres onto Smith Creek.
Completed improvements and upgrades include new asphalt, curbing and concrete barrier, fill material to stabilize the bank and an 1,800 mm culvert for the fish-bearing Smith Creek.
A public open house is planned to gather input into completion of phase four of the project, which will include an upgraded multi-use pathway and intersection.
For more information on the open house, visit the District of West Kelowna website.
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