Victoria Street West Improvements Project

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This project is complete as of August 2020. The City and Extreme Excavating would like to acknowledge the Victoria Street West business owners and residents who have lived through months of construction and the many motorists, pedestrians, and transit users who have travelled through the corridor daily. Your patience has been greatly appreciated!


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

This project is complete as of August 2020. The City and Extreme Excavating would like to acknowledge the Victoria Street West business owners and residents who have lived through months of construction and the many motorists, pedestrians, and transit users who have travelled through the corridor daily. Your patience has been greatly appreciated!


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.

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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Physical Distancing: With the COVID-19 situation, Extreme Excavating and any project sub-contractors will take every precaution to help ensure the safety of crews and the general public within the construction site, including reducing crew numbers and following the guidelines for physical distancing set out by the Public Health Officer. For more details on how the City is responding to COVID, visit: LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/COVID.

  • Project is Complete!

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    18 August, 2020

    After just over 16 months, the Victoria Street West Improvements Project is now complete! Construction of the $13 million project started April 15, 2019, at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue and moved west to the Overlanders Bridge. The project included replacing and undergrounding utilities; reconstructing the road; and improving pedestrian access, lighting, and landscaping.

    Improvements to the Victoria Street West corridor were driven by the need to replace aging infrastructure, including water, sanitary, and storm services that dated back to the early 1900s. Beautification, enhancements to the roadway, and increased pedestrian safety were also significant drivers behind the project.

    “Both the City and Extreme Excavating worked very hard to finish this project significantly ahead of schedule. We recognize the impact this project had on businesses and residents within the project limits, as well as the community members who travel through this main corridor. We sincerely appreciate everyone's support throughout this project,” said Jen Fretz, the City’s Civic Operations Director.

    The City and Extreme Excavating would like to acknowledge and thank the Victoria Street West businesses and residents as well as the motorists, transit users, and pedestrians who travelled through the corridor for their patience throughout the project.

    The project team will be out on Victoria Street West on Wednesday, August 19, around 12:00 noon to extend a thank you appreciation “wave” to all.

  • Pedestrian Light Activiation

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    27 July, 2020

    Motorists are advised that the pedestrian-activated traffic signal has been installed on Victoria Street West for the crosswalk at the Mustard Seed. The signal is scheduled to be put into operation the week of July 27. Please use caution when approaching and driving through this area.

  • Project Update For July 10

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    13 July, 2020

    A second pedestrian-activated traffic signal on the Victoria Street West corridor is scheduled to be put into operation during the week of July 13. This signal is located at the crosswalks near the Mustard Seed. The other pedestrian-activated traffic signal is located at the crosswalk near Sun Life Financial.

    Motorists are also advised that the 50 km/hr speed zone has been reinstated on Victoria Street West.

    Please use caution and watch for pedestrians when driving through the corridor.

  • New Pedestrian Signal

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    29 June, 2020

    New Pedestrian-Activated Traffic Signal Near Sun Life

    Motorists are advised that a new pedestrian-activated traffic signal has been installed on Victoria Street West at the crosswalk near Sun Life Financial. The signal is scheduled to be put into operation during the week of June 29. Motorists are asked to please use caution and watch for pedestrians when approaching and driving through this area.

  • Project Update for June 12

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    15 June, 2020
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    As the Victoria Street West Improvements project nears completion, we wanted to showcase the construction progress. Here’s a “before” and “after” view at several locations along the corridor. Also have a look at the 3D video rendering on this Lets Talk page to see the initial project vision.

    A big shout out from Extreme Excavating Ltd. and the City to the Victoria Street West businesses and residents, as well as the motorists, transit users and pedestrians travelling through the corridor. We recognize the impact this project has had, both directly on the businesses located within the limits of the project, and on the whole community. Thank you for your patience and support throughout the project!


  • Project Update for June 5

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    05 June, 2020

    After just over a year of construction, the Victoria Street West Improvements project is almost complete. Over the next few weeks, crews will be installing overhead signage, and the crosswalk pedestrian signals near Sun Life and near The Mustard Seed will be activated. As well, a permanent speed reader board will be installed on the south side of Victoria Street West near Boomers Auto Centre for eastbound traffic.

    Landscaping crews are completing the remaining brickwork, plantings, and fencing along the corridor. Hanging baskets and street banners will be installed over the next few weeks.

    Construction of the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street intersection improvements is also nearing completion. Crews have completed the brickwork and Lansdowne and 3rd Avenue traffic patterns are back to normal. Permanent line markings will be restored in the upcoming weeks.

  • Project Update for May 29

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    30 May, 2020

    During the week of June 1, final restoration will continue along the corridor. Landscaping crews will continue to install the remaining brickwork, plantings, and fencing. Hanging baskets and street banners will be installed over the next few weeks. Crosswalk pedestrian signals near Sun Life and near The Mustard Seed will be activated soon.

    A reminder that most Victoria Street West businesses are open (some have limited hours due to COVID-19). Come down and show your support!

    To view the Victoria Street West Improvements project photos since the start of construction in April 2019, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/VictoriaWest.

    Construction of the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street intersection improvements continues. Paving was completed today, and crews will be laying landscaping bricks and doing line painting (as weather permits) during the week of June 1. Curb lane closures remain in effect on Lansdowne Street and on 3rd Avenue. Motorists should expect some delays as they move through the construction zone.


  • Project Update for May 22

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    22 May, 2020

    The week of May 25, crews will be standing the remaining street light poles and energizing street lights on the south side of Victoria Street West. Crews will also be working on the traffic controller near the Sun Life crosswalk. Motorists should expect delays as south side curb lane closures will be in effect to accommodate the work.

    The landscaping components of the project are nearing completion. The new landscaping beds are being planted in front of businesses and in the islands, and hanging baskets will be installed along the corridor in the next few weeks.

    Construction of the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street intersection improvements continues. Curb lane closures are in effect and motorists should expect some delays as they move through the construction zone.

    Thank you for your patience, Kamloops!

    As crews work to complete the Victoria Street West Improvements project, Extreme Excavating Ltd. and the City would like to acknowledge and thank the Victoria Street West businesses and residents, as well as the motorists, transit users and pedestrians travelling through the corridor, for their patience throughout the project. We recognize the impact this project has had, both directly on the businesses located within the limits of the project, and on the whole community.

    Construction on the project started April 15, 2019 at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue and moved west to the Overlanders Bridge. While the project was initially anticipated to span two years, Extreme Excavating is on schedule to complete the project by early summer 2020.

    The $13 million project has included utility replacement and undergrounding; road reconstruction; and improved pedestrian access, lighting, and landscaping. Improvements to this corridor were driven by the need to replace aging infrastructure, including water, sanitary, and storm services that dated back to the early 1900s. Beautification, enhancements to the roadway, and increased pedestrian safety were also significant drivers behind the project.

  • Project Update for May 15

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    15 May, 2020

    We’re almost there…

    A significant portion of the Victoria Street West Improvements project focused on the undergrounding of utilities throughout the corridor. The final step in this process involved the removal of existing Hydro poles which was completed this week.

    The week of May 19, Hydro will be standing street light poles and crosswalk light poles on the south side of Victoria Street West. Crews will also be completing work on the traffic controller near the Sun Life crosswalk. Motorists should expect delays as south side curb lane closures will be in effect to accommodate the work.

    Urban Appeal crews are busy completing the landscaping components of the project, including laying remaining turf and paver bricks, and pressure washing and cleanup throughout the corridor. In June, City crews will be planting the new landscaping beds in front of businesses and in the islands, and hanging baskets will be installed along Victoria Street West.

    3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements Start May 19

    A reminder that Extreme Excavating will start construction of the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street intersection improvements next week. Construction will take place Monday to Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction zone. Motorists should expect some delays.

    Watch the construction progress via the Lansdowne Street/3rd Avenue traffic web cam on this Lets Talk project page.

    Victoria Day Long Weekend

    Crews will be taking the long weekend off to enjoy Victoria Day with their families, returning the morning of Tuesday, May 19.

  • Project Update For May 1

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    by clepik, 01 May, 2020

    Removal of Third-Party Utility Overhead Communications Cables - May 4 and 5

    Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 crews will be removing aerial communications cables from the Hydro poles throughout the Victoria Street West corridor.

    The eastbound curb lane and the south sidewalk will be closed to accommodate the work and to ensure safety for pedestrians, motorists and crews. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained. Motorists should expect delays. Traffic Control Personnel will be onsite to assist pedestrians and motorists as crews move eastbound.

    Motorists are reminded of the 30 km/hr reduced speed throughout the construction zone.


    Milling and Paving of Victoria Street West from the Overlanders Bridge West to the Mission Flats/Summit Drive Intersection Begins May 5

    Milling will take place Tuesday, May 5, followed by paving on Friday, May 8 (weather permitting), and line painting and clean-up the week of May 11. Some temporary road closures and detours will be in place to accommodate the work, particularly on May 5 and May 8. Motorists should expect delays.

    View maps showing the road closures and detours on this Lets Talk project page.


    3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements - RESCHEDULED to begin May 19

    In conjunction with the Victoria Street West Improvements Project, crews will be undertaking intersection improvements at 3rd Avenue and Lansdowne Street to improve pedestrian safety in this area. The work will include the addition of a curb extension (bulb-out) on the southwest corner of the intersection.

    Work has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, with an anticipated completion date of June 12. Construction will take place Monday to Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

    Please obey all traffic control personnel and equipment when driving or walking in the vicinity. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction zone. Motorists should expect some delays.

    Watch the construction progress via the Lansdowne Street/3rd Avenue traffic web cam on this Lets Talk project page.


    COVID-19 Safety Precautions

    The City, Extreme Excavating and project sub-contractors are taking every precaution to help ensure the safety of crews and the general public within the Victoria Street West construction site, including reducing crew numbers and following the guidelines for social distancing. Stay safe everyone, and remember that we are all in this together.