Bernard Avenue revitalization is officially over

New light poles featuring WFN art are among the improvements on Kelowna's Bernard Avenue which officially re-opened on Friday, May 30, 2014 after two years of construction.

KELOWNA – After two years of construction the revitalized Bernard Avenue will finally open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Representatives of the city, including Mayor Walter Gray, gathered at the corner of Pandosy and Bernard Friday afternoon to officially announce the completion of the $14.3 million project.

Work began in September 2012 and was completed ahead of schedule in four phases. Among the changes are new light poles featuring Westbank First Nation art, wider sidewalks, concrete street furniture and improved landscaping.

“Bernard Avenue offers a new downtown destination and a vibrant pedestrian experience,” city communications supervisor Tom Wilson said in a media release. “After a brief ceremony, the road will be open, buskers will add entertainment, sidewalk patios are open and businesses have been encouraged to keep their doors open to welcome the community downtown for a Friday night to remember.”

Members of Westbank First Nation council will also attend.

For more information, visit the City of Kelowna website

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