Columbia Corridor Upgrades

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The Columbia Corridor Project consists of three components:

  • Columbia Street West from McGill Road to Notre Dame Drive (highway boundary), Summit Drive between McGill Road and Columbia Street West, and Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive will be milled and repaved, including modified right-turn channels at the intersection of Notre Dame Drive and Summit Drive and various median and boulevard modifications
  • water main upgrades along Notre Dame Drive from Columbia Street West to Summit Drive
  • traffic signalization upgrades to the intersection of Columbia Street West and Notre Dame Drive

Combining the three portions of the project will reduce the impact on the public and area businesses and save money. The City has hired BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. as the prime contractor.

Construction will begin June 14, and is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

As the work continues through the corridor, heavily impactful portions of the project will be completed at night.

The City will work closely with essential service providers, including Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance Service, the RCMP, and Kamloops Transit, to ensure service is maintained through the construction area.

A minimum of two travel lanes (one in each direction) will be maintained through the work zone OR a detour route will be provided; however, motorists should expect congestion and delays and plan accordingly. Consider using alternate routes or modes of transportation, such as transit, cycling, or walking. Safe pedestrian access will be maintained through the work zone.




The Columbia Corridor Project consists of three components:

  • Columbia Street West from McGill Road to Notre Dame Drive (highway boundary), Summit Drive between McGill Road and Columbia Street West, and Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive will be milled and repaved, including modified right-turn channels at the intersection of Notre Dame Drive and Summit Drive and various median and boulevard modifications
  • water main upgrades along Notre Dame Drive from Columbia Street West to Summit Drive
  • traffic signalization upgrades to the intersection of Columbia Street West and Notre Dame Drive

Combining the three portions of the project will reduce the impact on the public and area businesses and save money. The City has hired BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. as the prime contractor.

Construction will begin June 14, and is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

As the work continues through the corridor, heavily impactful portions of the project will be completed at night.

The City will work closely with essential service providers, including Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance Service, the RCMP, and Kamloops Transit, to ensure service is maintained through the construction area.

A minimum of two travel lanes (one in each direction) will be maintained through the work zone OR a detour route will be provided; however, motorists should expect congestion and delays and plan accordingly. Consider using alternate routes or modes of transportation, such as transit, cycling, or walking. Safe pedestrian access will be maintained through the work zone.




  • Project Update for August 20

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    Paving is now complete for the Columbia Corridor Upgrades project. The week of August 23, crews will be completing concrete work in the intersection of Notre Dame Drive and Columbia Street. This will involve both night and day work, and some lane closures will be in effect. Motorists and transit users should expect some delays.

    Crews will be line painting throughout the construction corridor starting Sunday, August 29 through Wednesday, September 1. This work will be carried out at night.

    Motorists are reminded to use caution when traveling through the area and to obey all traffic control signs and personnel.

    As the Columbia Corridor Upgrades project nears completion, we thank everyone who has been impacted for their patience.

  • Project Update for August 13

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    As work progresses on the Columbia Corridor Upgrades, the following impacts are anticipated over the next week:
    NIGHT WORK - 7 pm to approximately 7 am

    DAY WORK - 7 am to approximately 5 pm

    Friday, August 13 - NIGHT WORK
    Crews will pave Summit Drive between Columbia Street and McGill Road. Temporary traffic detours will be in place. Transit will be detoured via McGill Road.


    Saturday, August 14 - NIGHT WORK
    Crews will pave Summit Drive (just east of the Summit Drive/Columbia Street intersection) and McGill Road (just east of the McGill Road/Columbia Street intersection). Temporary traffic detours will be in place.

    Monday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 17 - DAY WORK
    Crews are scheduled to complete remaining sidewalk and curb and gutter restoration, as well as general site clean up throughout the construction zone.

    Tuesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 18 - NIGHT WORK
    Electrical crews will be working in the Notre Dame Drive/Columbia Street intersection, switching out the traffic signals. The intersection will be controlled by traffic control personnel with traffic single-laned in all directions. Please expect delays.

    Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20 - DAY WORK
    Remaining concrete work is tentatively scheduled to take place.

    Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays when travelling through the area. If possible, use alternate routes. Transit riders can visit BCTransit.com/Kamloopsfor the most up to date information about any transit detours.

    Traffic web cams are in place on Summit Drive at Columbia Street and at McGill Road and on Columbia Street at Notre Dame Drive and at McGill Road. They can be viewed at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

  • Project Update for August 6

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    Columbia Corridor Upgrades Project Update For August 6

    This past week, the paving of Columbia Street West from Notre Dame Drive to McGill Road was completed.

    From August 6 to 14 (weather permitting), crews will complete the following milling and paving work (7 pm to approximately 7 am each night):

    Friday night, August 6: Pave the WESTBOUND lanes of Notre Dame Drive between Summit Drive and Columbia Street West. All WESTBOUND traffic (including transit) on Notre Dame Drive will be detoured via Summit Drive. The Notre Dame Drive access to Columbia Square will be temporarily closed.

    Saturday night, August 7: Pave Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Laval Crescent. All traffic on this section of Notre Dame Drive will be detoured, with the exception of transit.

    Monday night, August 9: Mill the WESTBOUND lanes on Summit Drive (just east of Summit Drive/Columbia Street intersection). Temporary traffic detours will be in place. Transit will be detoured via Columbia Street West.

    Mill McGill Road (just east of the McGill Road/Columbia Street West intersection). Temporary traffic detours will be in place.

    Thursday night, August 12: Pave the EASTBOUND lanes of Notre Dame Drive between Summit Drive and Columbia Street West. Temporary traffic detours will be in place. Access to Accent Inn, White Spot, KFC and Taco Bell will be maintained. Transit will be detoured via Columbia Street West and Summit Drive.

    Friday night, August 12 and Saturday night, August 13: Pave Summit Drive between Columbia Street West and McGill Road. Temporary traffic detours will be in place. Transit will be detoured via McGill Road.

    Pave Summit Drive (just east of the Summit Drive/Columbia Street West intersection) and McGill Road (just east of the McGill Road/Columbia Street intersection). Temporary traffic detours will be in place.

    Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

    Thank you for your patience!

    During the night work, traffic control personnel and detour signage will be in place to direct motorists. Please use caution and expect delays. If possible, please use alternate routes. Traffic web cams in the area can be viewed at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

    Some transit routes may experience temporary detours and delays during the night time paving. Transit riders are advised to visit BCTransit.com/Kamloops for the most up to date information.

    Thank you to everyone who has been impacted by the Columbia Corridor Upgrades project for your patience and understanding. We’re almost there!

  • Project Update for July 30

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    Columbia Street Milling and Paving - NIGHT WORK Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6

    The week of August 2, crews will be working in the NORTHBOUND lanes on Columbia Street between Notre Dame Drive and McGill Road, starting at 7 pm each night until approximately 7 am each morning.

    Crews will:

    • mill from Notre Dame Drive to Summit Drive, Monday night, August 2;
    • mill from Summit Drive to McGill Road, Tuesday night, August 3;
    • sweep and prepare for paving from Notre Dame Drive to McGill Road, Wednesday night, August 4;
    • pave from Notre Dame Drive to Summit Drive, Thursday night, August 5;
    • pave from Summit Drive to McGill Road, Friday night, August 6.

    NORTHBOUND lanes on Columbia Street will be closed at night as crews work in that area but will be reopened to traffic during the day. SOUTHBOUND lanes will remain open during the night and day, however, motorists travelling southbound should expect some disruption and delays through the intersections during night work.

    Driveway accesses will be temporarily impacted as the milling and paving machines move through. The Columbia Street access to Columbia Place will be CLOSED Monday night (August 2) and Thursday night (August 5) between 7 pm and approximately 7 am.

    Temporary traffic detours will be in place to accommodate the milling and paving. On Monday night (August 2), no WESTBOUND traffic will be allowed on Notre Dame Drive between Summit Drive and Columbia Street, except transit and emergency services vehicles. WESTBOUND traffic will be detoured via Summit Drive. Thursday night (August 5), ALL WESTBOUND traffic will be detoured via Summit Drive.

    Motorists should expect delays and are asked to obey all traffic control devices and personnel. View traffic web cams at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

    Transit users should also expect delays during the night work. Please visit https://www.bctransit.com/kamloops and check Customer Advisories for more information.

    Other DAY WORK - Week of August 3

    Electrical work will continue in the intersection of Notre Dame Drive and Columbia Street. Please use caution and courtesy when driving in the area.

  • Project Update for July 23

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    Columbia Street Milling and Paving - NIGHT WORK Sunday, July 25 to Thursday, July 29

    The week of July 25, crews will be working in the southbound lanes on Columbia Street between McGill Road and Notre Dame Drive, starting at 7 pm each night until approximately 7 am each morning.

    Crews will:
    • mill from McGill Road to Summit Drive, Sunday night, July 25;
    • mill from Summit Drive to Notre Dame Drive, Monday night, July 26;
    • sweep and prepare for paving from McGill Road to Notre Dame Drive, Tuesday night, July 27;
    • pave from McGill Road to Summit Drive, Wednesday night, July 28;
    • pave from Summit Drive to Notre Dame Drive, Thursday night, July 29.
    Southbound lanes will be closed while crews are working in that area. Southbound lanes will be reopened to traffic during the day. Driveway accesses will be temporarily impacted as the milling and paving machines move through.

    Temporary detours will be in place to accommodate the milling and paving. Motorists should expect delays and are asked to obey all traffic control devices and personnel. View traffic web cams at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

    Other NIGHT WORK - Week of July 25
    Electrical work will continue in the intersection of Notre Dame Drive and Columbia Street.

    DAY WORK - Week of July 25
    Sidewalk, driveway and median restoration will take place throughout the construction zone with lane closures in place to accommodate the work. Please use caution and courtesy when driving in the construction area.
  • Project Update for July 16

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    McGill Road/Columbia Street West Intersection - Sunday night, July 18 to Tuesday morning, July 20

    Crews will be doing utility upgrade work on the east side of the McGill Road/Columbia Street West intersection from Sunday, July 18 at 6:00 pm through to Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00 am.

    From 6:00 pm to 7:00 am each night, McGill Road between Columbia Street West and the Frontage Road will be fully closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic, with a detour in place via the Frontage Road to Pemberton Terrace.

    During daytime hours (7:00 am to 6:00 pm), the traffic signals at McGill Road and Columbia Street West will be turned off, and the intersection will be controlled by traffic control personnel. Westbound traffic on McGill Road will be permitted through the intersection, however, there will be no traffic allowed eastbound on McGill Road through the intersection.

    Throughout the duration of the intersection work, transit will be detoured off of McGill Road to Arrowstone Drive, with temporary stops in place.

    Detour maps and traffic web cams can be viewed in the Maps and Detours section..

    Notre Dame Drive Between Summit Drive and Columbia Street West reopens to all traffic and transit Saturday, July 17

    Crews will complete milling of asphalt on Notre Dame Drive Friday night, July 16.

    Notre Dame Drive will be re-opened to all traffic and transit (eastbound and westbound) on Saturday morning, July 17. Paving of Notre Dame Drive is anticipated to take place within the next few weeks.

  • Project Update for July 12

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    Week of July 12

    During the day, crews will be doing road works on Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street and Summit Drive in preparation for paving. In addition, crews will be doing concrete work in the centre median, resulting in single lane travel for eastbound traffic. Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street and Summit Drive remains closed to westbound traffic (and open to eastbound traffic) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Westbound traffic is detoured via Summit Drive.

    Detour maps can be viewed at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

    Please use caution and courtesy when driving in the construction area and obey all traffic control devices and personnel.

  • Project Update for July 2

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    Columbia Square Notre Dame Access

    The Notre Dame Drive access for Columbia Square will be temporarily re-opened the morning of Thursday, July 1 until approximately 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 4. Notre Dame Drive eastbound motorists will be able to turn left into the mall, and motorists will be able to exit the mall turning left heading eastbound on Notre Dame Drive.

    Week of July 5

    During the day, crews will continue work on the new water main installation on Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive. Water tie-ins are scheduled for later in the week. Motorists are reminded that Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive remains closed to westbound traffic (and open to eastbound traffic) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Westbound traffic is detoured via Summit Drive.

    During the night, crews will be doing concrete removals and installing conduit in the Notre Dame/Columbia Street West intersection.

    Crews will also be completing utility upgrades in the McGill Road/Columbia Street West intersection.

    • The west side of the intersection will be closed from Monday, July 5 at 6 pm to Wednesday, July 7 at 6 am.
    • The east side of the intersection will be closed from Wednesday, July 7 at 6 pm to Friday, July 9 at 6 am.

    Detours for motorists and transit users will be in place. Detour maps and information, as well as project details and traffic webcams, can be viewed at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

    Expect Delays and Congestion

    We understand how disruptive construction can be and we appreciate your patience. Please use caution and courtesy when driving in the construction area and obey all traffic control devices and personnel.

    While every attempt is made to minimize the impact on motorists, pedestrians, transit users, and business owners, delays and congestion are inevitable and should be expected. Commuters are encouraged to consider using alternate routes, if possible.

  • Project Update for June 25

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    Friday, June 25th

    From approximately 7:00 pm to 6:00 am, crews will be working in the Notre Dame Drive/Columbia Street West intersection. Columbia Street West will remain accessible to northbound traffic through this intersection. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Summit Drive after 11:30 pm.

    June 28-30

    During the day, crews will continue work on the new water main installation on Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive. During the night, crews will be doing electrical work in the Notre Dame Drive/Columbia Street West intersection.

    Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive remains closed to WESTBOUND traffic (and open to EASTBOUND traffic) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Westbound traffic is detoured via Summit Drive.

    Transit Impacts

    Several transit stops are currently impacted with the work on Notre Dame Drive, including the closure of the stops on Summit Drive near Arrowstone Drive and near Notre Dame Drive for the Route 4: Pacific Way bus outbound. These stops remain open for Route 9: Gleneagles outbound. A temporary stop is located on Columbia Street near Notre Dame Drive for Route 4: Pacific Way outbound.

    Pedestrian Access

    Pedestrian access is being maintained on Notre Dame Drive on the south sidewalk.

    We appreciate your patience!

    While every attempt is made to minimize the impact on motorists, pedestrians, transit users, and business owners during construction, delays and congestion are inevitable and should be expected. Commuters are encouraged to consider using alternate routes, if possible.

    Traffic Webcams

    Webcams are now in place on Columbia Street West at Summit Drive, Notre Dame Drive, and McGill Road, and on Summit Drive at McGill Road.

    To view the webcams, as well as project details, updates, and transit and traffic detour information visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.

    Canada Day

    Crews will be taking Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4 off to enjoy the Canada Day long weekend with their families, returning the morning of Monday, July 5.

  • Columbia Corridor Area Upgrades Coming this Summer

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    The Sahali area will be getting an extensive facelift this summer with upgrades coming to the Columbia Street West Corridor.

    The Columbia Corridor Project consists of three components:

    • Columbia Street West from McGill Road to Notre Dame Drive (highway boundary), Summit Drive between McGill Road and Columbia Street West, and Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive will be milled and repaved, including modified right-turn channels at the intersection of Notre Dame Drive and Summit Drive and various median and boulevard modifications
    • water main upgrades along Notre Dame Drive from Columbia Street West to Summit Drive
    • traffic signalization upgrades to the intersection of Columbia Street West and Notre Dame Drive

    Combining the three portions of the project will reduce the impact on the public and area businesses and save money. The City has hired BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. as the prime contractor.

    Construction will begin June 14, and is expected to take approximately two months to complete. Work will start on Notre Dame Drive, which will result in a closure of Notre Dame Drive to westbound traffic. A detour is provided to westbound traffic via Summit Drive. This portion of the project is expected to take approximately three weeks.

    As the work continues through the corridor, heavily impactful portions of the project will be completed at night.

    The City will work closely with essential service providers, including Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance Service, the RCMP, and Kamloops Transit, to ensure service is maintained through the construction area.

    A minimum of two travel lanes (one in each direction) will be maintained through the work zone OR a detour route will be provided; however, motorists should expect congestion and delays and plan accordingly. Consider using alternate routes or modes of transportation, such as transit, cycling, or walking. Safe pedestrian access will be maintained through the work zone.

    The City will implement an extensive communications plan that utilizes traffic webcams, electronic roadside message boards, radio and print ads, social media, the City’s website, and other means to inform the public of anticipated delays, lane closures, and other traffic disruptions.

    To view the project details, access up-to-date road and detour information, sign up for project updates, and view traffic webcams during construction, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Columbia.