June 12, 2015 - 4:30 PM
KAMLOOPS – If you've been lucky enough to avoid the roadwork being done in Kamloops so far this season, your chances are about to get slimmer.
With construction season in full swing — projects on both Columbia Street and Overlanders Bridge are both well underway — the city will also begin the reconstruction of 12th Street from Tranquille Road to Lethbridge Avenue starting next week. Work is set to begin June 15 and is supposed to last through October.
Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 pm, with additional work outside these hours performed as required. Road and lane closures will be necessary, including some access to residential or businesses driveways, in order to complete the construction. There will be changes to transit Route 2 during construction. Garbage collection will not be affected.
Construction at the Overlanders Bridge is moving along, with the Fortune Drive overpass and Tranquille Road exit ramp reopened this week, though there still may be some periodic night closures. The entry ramp remains closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and buses.
Work on the bridge, which includes resurfacing the bridge deck and repairs to the west sidewalk, is supposed to last through October as well.
On Columbia Street work continues, with the pedestrian cross at Fifth Avenue permanently removed and the south sidewalk between Third and Sixth Avenues temporarily closed. On Sunday, June 14, expect lanes to be closed as crews work on the south side of the road.
Water will be shut off in the area on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews extend water services. Traffic may be limited to one lane alternating traffic during that time.
To help drivers navigate the city during construction six new traffic cameras have been added to key intersections. The cameras are located at Fortune Drive at Leigh Road and Third Avenue at Columbia Street, each intersection having three cameras pointed in three different directions. The city had already installed a rotating camera set up at the foot of the Overlanders Bridge to help monitor traffic during construction and the province installed several along on Highway 5 to monitor the Halston Avenue and Mt. Paul Way intersections.
The cameras and construction updates can all be found on the city’s website or on Twitter at #kammute.
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