August 04, 2015 - 9:56 AM
KELOWNA - Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, until Saturday, Aug. 8, paving on Springfield Road between Monterey Road to Rutland Road South will reduce traffic to one travel lane in each direction from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Traffic may periodically be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Hollywood Road South at Springfield Road will be closed on the south side, with a detour onto Peck Road for the duration of project, which will be dependent on weather.
Motorists can expect delays and are asked to follow instructions of onsite traffic safety personnel and the posted detour routes.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7 a.m. Ethel Street between Bernard and Harvey avenues will be closed.
Intersections at Lawrence, Leon, and Bernard avenues will remain open but may be periodically reduced to single-lane alternating traffic. Ethel Street vehicle access will only be accommodated for residences with driveways on the street.
Construction is anticipated for completion in October. Pedestrians and cyclists should use alternate routes and carefully obey all signs and safety personnel in the construction zone.
Transit route No. 9 will be detoured via Bernard Avenue between Richter and Ethel streets and some stops closed and relocated. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel or call the hotline at 250-860-8121 for schedules and plan travel accordingly.
Construction hours are scheduled Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Work may occur outside of regular construction hours to minimize traffic delays and limit construction time.
Ethel Street is a key north/south active transportation route. Improvements will include a separated “cycle track” on both sides of the road, new sidewalks, landscaping and utilities improvements. As cycling and other wheeled modes of transportation continue to increase, separating uses for the recreational cyclists, commuter cyclists and motorists helps ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience.
DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY
The Downtown Kelowna Association’s annual downtown block party will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will end at approximately 4 p.m., with festivities taking place on Bernard Avenue and in Kerry Park.
The following road closures and on-street parking restrictions will be in effect on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
- Bernard Avenue (Richter Street to Abbott Street)
- Abbott Street (Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue)
- Mill Street (Bernard Avenue to alley north of Bernard Avenue)
- Ellis Street (Alley north of Bernard Avenue to alley south of Bernard Avenue)
- Pandosy Street (Lawrence Avenue to alley north of Bernard Avenue)
- St. Paul Street (Bernard Avenue to alley north of Bernard Avenue)
- Bertram Street (Safeway entrance to alley north of Bernard Avenue)
Vehicles parked on these streets during the closure will be courtesy towed to the City Hall parking lot or the Lawrence Avenue and Richter Street lot.
In addition, the parking lot at the corner of Mill Street and Kerry Park will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available at both Chapman Parkade on Lawrence Avenue and the Library Parkade on Ellis Street.
Water Street, Pandosy Street and Richter Street will be open for north and south bound vehicles and transit buses. Drivers are asked to use extra caution in the area due to the high volume of pedestrians on Bernard Avenue.
Transit bus routes #1, #2, #7, #10 and #11 will be rerouted in order to exit the Transit Exchange. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.
Service disruptions and traffic delays may occur throughout the day due to road closures. Motorists are advised to plan ahead to avoid delays.
For more information about the Downtown Kelowna Block Party, visit downtownkelowna.com.
ALS CANADA’S CYCLE OF HOPE
The ALS Canada’s Cycle of Hope ride will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9. Approximately 100 participants will be cycling around Kelowna in order to raise funds and awareness for families living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Groves Avenue from Tutt Street to Pandosy Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the event’s start-finish line and celebration zone.
Participants will travel along Lakeshore Drive and throughout South and South-East Kelowna. Motorists are asked to be cautious of the cyclists on the roads while driving through these areas and to plan their trip accordingly.
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