Ethel Street, Saucier Avenue set to fully reopen Nov. 29
SUBMITTED/City of Kelowna
(ADAM PROSKIW / iNFOnews.ca)
November 24, 2017 - 2:38 PM
With work wrapping up on Phase 3 of the Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor, Ethel Street between Harvey and Sutherland avenues will reopen at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, along with Saucier Avenue between Richter and Ethel streets.
“A major part of this project was the extension of the cycle track that starts over at Cawston Avenue and that connects to the city’s growing bike network, as well as utility improvements for Saucier Avenue,” says Project Manager, Todd DeGruchy. “Cycling and other kinds of active transportation are becoming increasingly popular and these improvements make the street safer for everyone, including motorists.”
Improvements completed as part of the $2.5-million Ethel Street project include separated cycle tracks on both sides of the road, new sidewalks, LED street lighting, utility improvements as well as improvements to the intersection with Harvey Avenue.
Work on a second project – the replacement of aging water and sewer mains and paving of Saucier Avenue between Richter and Ethel streets – is also now completed.
Landscaping and finishing work is ongoing.
Ethel Street is a key north/south active transportation route and in addition to making it safer, the new infrastructure is expected to make the neighbourhood more attractive to walk and cycle through.
A concept design for an active transportation corridor along Ethel Street between Clement and Raymer avenues was developed in 2014 with public input gathered at two open houses and an online survey.
The project is being constructed in phases with a total estimated cost of $12 million. The corridor will connect with Casorso, Rose, Sutherland, and Cawston Active Transportation Corridors and will run north-south between downtown and the South Pandosy Area with a number of schools, parks, health care institutions and businesses on route or nearby.
Phase 1 between Bernard and Harvey avenues was completed in 2015 and Phase 2 between Bernard and Cawston avenues opened in November 2016. Design work for Phase 4 between Sutherland and Cadder avenues is underway. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2018, pending budget approval.
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