September 16, 2013 - 4:12 PM
PENTICTON - Completing the checklist for Penticton's summer construction season this year meant delaying a big project to protect tourism.
While work crews improved road conditions and upgraded city infrastructure during this warmest time of year, city engineer Ian Chapman says they were hands-off when it came to the Okanagan Lake waterfront.
From June to September one of Penticton's crown jewels was left to the tourists, who came for the sand, sun and water, and the businesses who benefit by them.
The $2.1 million project, under the watch of an oversight committee, will improve an already impressive lakefront and is expected to be completed by the end of November. Chapman says there might be a few loose ends such as installing street lights but this work is unaffected by the temperature or the weather.
This week crews are digging and installing infrastructure in the pines area of the beach strip. Chapman explains they are forming the walls which will support more concrete walkways.
In other areas of the city, contractors took advantage of the heat, which made it easier to tear up the ground to install pipes, fix leaks and improve potholes.
"All of the other projects will be complete now because we kept working," says Chapman.
For more information check out the city's webpage about lakeshore developments.
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The city continues with its revitalization plans to fine-tune what is already a crown jewel of the community - the Okanagan Lake waterfront.
(SHANNON QUESNEL /InfoTel Multimedia)
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