Construction is expected to start this week on a 2.4 kilometre, $4.2 million multi-use trail next to Boucherie Road in West Kelowna.

The project was first announced in May 2022 with part of the work expected to be finished before the end of that year.

“Construction of the Boucherie Multi-use Pathway Project start date was moved to the spring to better accommodate vineyards’ schedules and the finalizing of the detailed design,” the City of West Kelowna said in an email to to explain the delay.

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Work on the off-road section of the pathway through The Hatch and Quail’s Gate vineyards next to the road is to start in late March, according to a West Kelowna report.

It’s expected to take six weeks to build The Hatch portion of the trail and another two months through Quails Gate so the off-road section should be finished by mid-July.

“This will be a unique path that not only connects our community but provides beautiful scenery for users as it passes through the two wineries,” the report says.

The off-road portion will run from Gregory Road and tie into Green Bay Road.

The on-road section will connect with the existing trail at Gregory Road and run to the south of Sunnyside Road.

The sharp corner at Boucherie and Montigny roads will be realigned to improve safety.

Work on this section will be done in four stages starting April 17 and running through until mid-October. There will be traffic disruptions during construction.

“When complete, this project will help connect Boucherie Road to the waterfront, the West Kelowna Wine Trail, and many of the amazing tourist attractions that exist near Boucherie Road,” the report says.

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