August 21, 2014 - 2:01 PM
KAMLOOPS - The final phase of the Lorne Street project is nearly complete as crews rush to finish up the landscaping at the corner of the busy downtown corner.
The fourth phase of the Lorne Street Beautification saw the realignment of Lorne Street with 1 Avenue, Lansdowne Street and Victoria Street. The $2.2 million project included the ripping up of roads, curbs and boulevards at the intersection and then the addition of new concrete, curbs, sidewalks, landscaping and lights.
After more than four months of construction the upgraded intersection is complete and motorists can now easily enter the downtown area after leaving Riverside Park. The flow of traffic at Victoria Street has also been changed and all of these changes also offer safer pedestrian crossings as well as a more cohesive link between downtown and Riverside Park, both functionally and aesthetically.
Landscaping is still being completed but should be done before the end of the month at which point city staff will review the entire project. Public Works Director Jen Fretz says as of the end of July they were right on budget for this phase of the project.
Previous phases of the project saw electrical upgraded along Lorne Street from 3 Avenue to Lansdowne Street. The previous phases also included new lighting, a new roundabout, better signage, improved landscaping and a couple of art installations.
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A time lapse video showing the changes made during the Lorne Street realignment project.
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