Vernon council limits impact of Kalamalka Lake Road construction project

FILE PHOTO: Kalamalka Lake Road will still have to close completely for part of the project.

VERNON - Vernon city council is doing what it can to lessen the traffic hassles created by a major construction project, although there will still be a major road closure.

The upcoming Kalamalka Lake Road Cycle Corridor project generated concerns from residents and businesses — including a 46-page petition— due to the related road closure.

The city faced two options, either fully closing the road for the 12 to 16 weeks (the full duration of the project) or using single-alternating traffic for a portion of the roadwork and closing the road for six to eight weeks, the minimum time required. The second option meant extending the duration of the project to 20 to 24 weeks. Council voted for the second option today, March 13, according to a media release.

“The city will work to maintain access for residents and businesses while building a project that will ultimately be an economic asset for Vernon,” transportation manager Amanda Watson says.

The decision affects the construction area from Browne Road to the boundary with the District of Coldstream.

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