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Work to begin on one of the Okanagan Rail Trail's missing links

May 06, 2021 - 10:08 AM

Traffic will be interrupted on Manhattan Drive in the north end of downtown Kelowna next week in order to bring the Okanagan Rail Trail to the waterfront.

The Kelowna section of the 50 kilometre Okanagan Rail Trail runs from Kelowna International Airport to Ellis Street and is paved for that entire distance.

Starting on Monday, May 10, Manhattan Drive from Sunset Drive to Ellis Street will be down to one lane of alternating traffic as work begins to extend the trail, a City of Kelowna news release states.

On-street parking will be removed from the north side of Manhattan Drive in order to create a three-metre bike and walking path at street level.

In the future, it might be converted to a four-metre wide protected pathway at sidewalk level, the City said.

The $180,000 project is expected to take about a month to finish.

That leaves only a seven kilometre stretch from the airport to Lake Country that still needs to be built in order to complete the path all the way to Coldstream. The Okanagan Indian Band is still waiting for the federal government to transfer part of that stretch, along Duck Lake, to the band.

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