Victoria Street West Improvements Project

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The Victoria Street West Corridor is an undivided, four-lane arterial road between the Overlanders Bridge on-ramp and the Seymour Street West intersection. The sidewalk on the south side has a number of utility poles that are problematic for wheelchair users and potentially hazardous for motorists. Some of the water and sewer utilities date back to 1907. The character of this corridor remains much as it was since the original construction of the Overlanders Bridge in 1961.

The Victoria Street West Infrastructure and Corridor Improvement Project is driven by the need for upgrades to aging infrastructure, including water, sanitary, and storm

The Victoria Street West Corridor is an undivided, four-lane arterial road between the Overlanders Bridge on-ramp and the Seymour Street West intersection. The sidewalk on the south side has a number of utility poles that are problematic for wheelchair users and potentially hazardous for motorists. Some of the water and sewer utilities date back to 1907. The character of this corridor remains much as it was since the original construction of the Overlanders Bridge in 1961.

The Victoria Street West Infrastructure and Corridor Improvement Project is driven by the need for upgrades to aging infrastructure, including water, sanitary, and storm utilities beneath Victoria Street West. Council has supported the option to improve the lighting, pedestrian facilities, road geometry, safety, and landscaping on the corridor while reconstructing/replacing the road and utilities.

Other changes and commitments along Victoria Street West further highlight the significance and importance of improving this corridor. In early 2018, BC Housing and the City announced the construction of a 48-unit affordable housing project adjacent to the Emerald House property, which will significantly increase pedestrian and other traffic in this area.

Planning and design for the project is currently underway, with construction expected to take approximately two years, starting in 2019.

The project is estimated to cost $13 million. The road rehabilitation and replacement of underground utilities are approximately 60% of the cost. The other costs for corridor improvements required to meet current city of Kamloops arterial road standards are as follows:

  • pedestrian improvements - 10%
  • lighting improvements - 2.5%
  • underground power - 10%
  • shallow utility relocations (Telus, FortisBC, etc) - 10%
  • landscaping - 5%
  • property acquisition - 2.5%

Funding from various partners, such as BC Hydro for underground utilities and beautification and ICBC for road safety improvements, is available to support the projects. These contributions are estimated at $230,000.

The City is committed to engaging the public and stakeholders throughout the project and will be hosting a public information session this spring to review the preliminary design, discuss project execution, and hear any concerns.

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  • Project Update - Week of April 15

    7 days ago
    Extreme Excavating will begin the City’s Victoria Street West Improvements Project on Monday, April 15, starting at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue.

    Construction will take place Monday to Friday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm to start, with additional night and weekend work as required, as the project progresses. With regards to the upcoming Easter weekend, Extreme Excavating will not be working Friday, April 19 but will be working Monday, April 22.

    Two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) will be maintained through the construction zone.
    During...

    Extreme Excavating will begin the City’s Victoria Street West Improvements Project on Monday, April 15, starting at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue.

    Construction will take place Monday to Friday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm to start, with additional night and weekend work as required, as the project progresses. With regards to the upcoming Easter weekend, Extreme Excavating will not be working Friday, April 19 but will be working Monday, April 22.

    Two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) will be maintained through the construction zone.
    During Stage 1 (April 15 to approximately the end of July, 2019) transit and emergency vehicles will be given priority access westbound on Lansdowne Street from 2nd Avenue and moving through the construction zone. This will be in effect from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays). From 7 pm to 7 am, the priority access lane will be closed and transit and emergency vehicles travelling westbound on Lansdowne Street will detour up 1st Avenue with the rest of traffic. The traffic flow pattern (Project Staging Plan) for Stage 1 can be found on this Lets Talk page.

    To view information about the closure or relocation of bus stops during Stage 1, go to https://bctransit.com/kamloops/schedules-and-maps/alert?id=1529703843336.

    During Stage 1, traffic control personnel will be in place at the intersection of Lansdowne Street and 1st Avenue from 7 am to 7 pm. From 7 pm to 7 am, this intersection will be controlled by a flashing 3-way stop (no traffic control personnel).

    All businesses on Victoria Street West will be open and accessible throughout the project and appreciate your continued support.

    While every attempt will be made to minimize the impact on businesses, residents, motorists, transit users, and pedestrians during construction, delays and congestion are inevitable and should be expected. Commuters are encouraged to consider using other modes of transportation, such as carpooling, transit, cycling, or walking, or taking alternate routes.

    Traffic webcams have been installed on Victoria Street West near the Overlanders Bridge and near Seymour Street West to provide east and west views of the construction corridor. The traffic webcams can be accessed on this Lets Talk page.
  • Victoria Street West Improvements Project Starts April 15

    10 days ago

    April 9, 2019 - Extreme Excavating will begin the City’s Victoria Street West Improvements Project on Monday, April 15, starting at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue. The $13 million project will involve utility replacement and undergrounding; road reconstruction; and improved pedestrian access, lighting, and landscaping. The work will be carried out in four stages over the next 18 months to 2 years.


    April 9, 2019 - Extreme Excavating will begin the City’s Victoria Street West Improvements Project on Monday, April 15, starting at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue. The $13 million project will involve utility replacement and undergrounding; road reconstruction; and improved pedestrian access, lighting, and landscaping. The work will be carried out in four stages over the next 18 months to 2 years.


  • Victoria Street West Improvements Project - Award of Construction Contract

    about 1 month ago

    March 5, 2019 - The City has recently awarded the Victoria Street West Improvements contract to Extreme Excavating Ltd. of Kamloops. A total of four proposals were received by the City. The total project value, including the construction contract, is approximately $13 million.

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    March 5, 2019 - The City has recently awarded the Victoria Street West Improvements contract to Extreme Excavating Ltd. of Kamloops. A total of four proposals were received by the City. The total project value, including the construction contract, is approximately $13 million.

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  • Council Approves Funding for Victoria Street West Upgrades

    by Quinn, 9 months ago

    July 17, 2018 - Council authorized the use of funds set aside in the Water Equipment Reserve in the amount of $5.5 million, to be used for the Victoria Street West Infrastructure and Corridor Improvements Project, and paid back over a three-year period from the Gaming and Community Works Fund. Council also authorized the Corporate Services Director to update the 2018-2022 Five-year Financial Plan accordingly.

    July 17, 2018 - Council authorized the use of funds set aside in the Water Equipment Reserve in the amount of $5.5 million, to be used for the Victoria Street West Infrastructure and Corridor Improvements Project, and paid back over a three-year period from the Gaming and Community Works Fund. Council also authorized the Corporate Services Director to update the 2018-2022 Five-year Financial Plan accordingly.

  • West Victoria Street Reconstruction Project

    by Quinn, 9 months ago

    April 11, 2018 - Over the next few years, the City of Kamloops is planning to reconstruct Victoria Street West from approximately the BC Lottery Corporation site to the Overlanders Bridge.


    April 11, 2018 - Over the next few years, the City of Kamloops is planning to reconstruct Victoria Street West from approximately the BC Lottery Corporation site to the Overlanders Bridge.