City officials begin planning and designing of West Victoria Street upgrades

City officials have announced they will begin reconstruction on West Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops. Kamloops Capital Projects Supervisor, Darren Crundwell, says they are still in the early stages of planning the upgrades, which are set to begin next year.
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KAMLOOPS — The public can expect construction on Victoria Street West to begin no later than 2019.

City officials announced in a media release this week the construction for the city’s main street is currently being planned and designed.

“At this time we are not planning on construction until 2019,” says Capital Projects Supervisor, Darren Crundwell. “We may have to push it out a little further."

He explains the public notice sent out this week is more of a heads up for the community and businesses of the upcoming changes.

Crundell says the updates coming to Main Street will start from the B.C. Lottery Corporation site to Overlanders Bridge. The project will include deep utility upgrading and update lighting, sidewalks, landscapes, signal and crosswalk changes and more.

“This area has the oldest utilities — they date back to the early 1900s,” Crundwell says. “When we plan major projects like this, we are always looking for ways to improve the corridor as well."

“When we do get more information we will give more notices,” he says, adding that city officials plan on hosting an open house to review the first stages of the design, gather feedback and hear any concerns from residents.

The project is expected to take approximately two years, according to Crundwell.

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