Current Conditions

Mainly Clear
4.5°C

Revitalization project chops down trees

Joan Carlsen stands at the ready with her stop sign. She says traffic controllers will be on scene from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to keep cars out of the construction zone.
March 25, 2013 - 6:04 PM

By Charlotte Helston

Downtown revitalization started today with cutting the street's trees, something that came as a bit of a surprise to Vernon city council.

Coun. Patrick Nicol wanted answers from the city's infrastructure engineer, Mark Dowhaniuk.

"We went through a process to see if we could keep the trees," Dowhaniuk said during Monday's council meeting. For construction purposes, the thirty-year-old trees had to come out eventually, he said. The contractor decided sooner was better to stay on track with the project timeline, so out they came on day one.

And according to Dowhaniuk, that fact was less of a surprise to downtown businesses as it was to council.

"We coordinated with the shopkeepers to tell them the trees were coming down," he said. "There will be at least as many trees going back in."

The $2.4 million revitalization project will widen sidewalks, add new street furniture, and improve utilities. No vehicle traffic is permitted between 33rd and 35th streets during the construction, which is targeted to wrap up in early July.

The area will be open to pedestrians for the duration of the project.

Detours are in effect along 32 Ave. and Coldstream Ave. The bus stop on 30th Avenue beside Safeway has been moved to 35th St. in front of Discovery Plaza.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2013
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Murder victim found in Kelowna orchard identified
    KELOWNA - The identity of the woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week has been made public on social media. Kelowna resident Russia Katalina Nicholson was just 23-years-old
  • Nasty weather forecast for Thompson, Shuswap tomorrow
    THOMPSON-SHUSWAP - The Thompson and Shuswap could be in for some blustery weather tomorrow by midday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of strong wind gusts a
  • Kamloops girl shuts down suspect who tried to lure her
    KAMLOOPS - Police in Kamloops are looking for a man who allegedly tried to lure an 11-year-old girl in front of a Westsyde elementary school. Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie say
  • Westsyde residents face uphill battle to bring Timmies to neighbourhood
    KAMLOOPS - It took just six days for 1,242 Westsyde residents to sign a petition calling for Tim Hortons to consider allowing a franchisee to open up shop at the corner of Westsyde Road and Overla
  • If Ajax comes, some Kamloops physicians may go
    KAMLOOPS - If the proposed KGHM Ajax mine is approved Kamloops could go from having a shortage of family doctors to a shortage of specialists as well. As part of the final public submissions
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile