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.

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 - June 15

    4 days ago

    Extreme Excavating continues to work two shifts - Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 7 pm to 7 am .

    Stage 1 (below BCLC)
    Pouring of the sidewalk continues and installation of the boulevard paver bricks are scheduled to start the week of June 17.

    Stage 2 (south side of Victoria Street West between Mustard Seed and Boomers Automotive)
    Deep utility work (water and sanitary), service tie-ins and silva cell installation continues. Pedestrian access on the south side of Victoria Street West remains limited. Pedestrians are strongly encouraged to use the crosswalk near Sun Life to cross to the north side.

    Watch the construction progress via the traffic web cams and by viewing the construction photos on this Lets Talk project page.

    Extreme Excavating continues to work two shifts - Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 7 pm to 7 am .

    Stage 1 (below BCLC)
    Pouring of the sidewalk continues and installation of the boulevard paver bricks are scheduled to start the week of June 17.

    Stage 2 (south side of Victoria Street West between Mustard Seed and Boomers Automotive)
    Deep utility work (water and sanitary), service tie-ins and silva cell installation continues. Pedestrian access on the south side of Victoria Street West remains limited. Pedestrians are strongly encouraged to use the crosswalk near Sun Life to cross to the north side.

    Watch the construction progress via the traffic web cams and by viewing the construction photos on this Lets Talk project page.
  • Project Update - June 7

    12 days ago
    Extreme Excavating is working two shifts - Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 7 pm to 7 am - for the next six to eight weeks.

    Stage 1 (below BCLC)
    Curb and gutter is nearly complete. Prepping for sidewalk installation starts June 8. Hydro work in this area continues.

    Stage 2 (south side of Victoria Street West between Mustard Seed and Boomers Automotive)
    Deep utility work (water and sanitary) and silva cell installation continues. The sidewalk and curbing is being removed as crews progress west towards the...

    Extreme Excavating is working two shifts - Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 7 pm to 7 am - for the next six to eight weeks.

    Stage 1 (below BCLC)
    Curb and gutter is nearly complete. Prepping for sidewalk installation starts June 8. Hydro work in this area continues.

    Stage 2 (south side of Victoria Street West between Mustard Seed and Boomers Automotive)
    Deep utility work (water and sanitary) and silva cell installation continues. The sidewalk and curbing is being removed as crews progress west towards the Overlanders Bridge.

    Pedestrian access on the south side of Victoria Street West remains limited. Pedestrians are strongly encouraged to use the crosswalk near Sun Life to cross to the north side. Pedestrians are advised that crossing the railway tracks at an unmarked crossing is dangerous; violators will be subject to a fine.

    The evening of Sunday, June 9, Extreme will be milling (removing the top layer of asphalt) on the north side of Victoria Street West between Spoke N Motion and Sun Life.

    Business access signage was installed this week for all Stage 1, 2 and 3 businesses.
  • Project Update - May 30

    19 days ago

    We’re all in this together!

    As we move into week eight of the Victoria Street West Improvements project, we want to acknowledge the many people working on the project, including the project team (comprised of Extreme Excavating, the City of Kamloops, and several consulting firms), utility providers, sub contractors, and flaggers.

    We also want to acknowledge the many people impacted by the project, including the business owners and operators along the Victoria Street West corridor. Whether you’re looking for a stereo, a new-to-you vehicle, tires, auto repairs or tune-ups, a mortgage, a mattress, a day at the spa, a bike,...

    We’re all in this together!

    As we move into week eight of the Victoria Street West Improvements project, we want to acknowledge the many people working on the project, including the project team (comprised of Extreme Excavating, the City of Kamloops, and several consulting firms), utility providers, sub contractors, and flaggers.

    We also want to acknowledge the many people impacted by the project, including the business owners and operators along the Victoria Street West corridor. Whether you’re looking for a stereo, a new-to-you vehicle, tires, auto repairs or tune-ups, a mortgage, a mattress, a day at the spa, a bike, boat servicing, a car rental, a vehicle wrap, a new do for your puppy, a tattoo, an RV battery, financial planning, new fabric for that chair, or to gather with inventors and artists, you can find it on Victoria Street West. Come on down - show your support!

    And, we want to acknowledge the many motorists, pedestrians and residents who travel through this corridor daily. Thank you for your patience.

    Here’s what’s up for the week of June 3…
    Extreme Excavating has moved to two shifts - Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 7 pm to 7 am. This new construction schedule will be in place for the next six to eight weeks. This change will allow for work to proceed much faster and could ultimately shorten the initial expected duration of the project by four to six months, bringing the target project completion to summer 2020.

    Stage 1 (Below BCLC)
    Curbing and sidewalk installation starts the week of June 3. Utility work is nearing completion.

    Stage 2 (South side of Victoria Street West between Mustard Seed and Boomers Automotive)
    Water and sanitary work continues at the east end of the corridor. Extreme is removing the sidewalk and curbing as they progress west towards the Overlanders Bridge. Pedestrian access on the south side of Victoria Street West is limited. Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when walking in the area and are encouraged to use the crosswalk near Sun Life to cross to the north side.

    Silva cell installation will start the week of June 3 at the east end of the corridor. Silva cells are modular building blocks that allow trees and soil to manage stormwater on-site.

    Traffic webcams are in place at both ends of the corridor and at 3rd Avenue and Lansdowne Street and can be viewed on this Lets Talk project page.

  • Victoria Street West Improvements Project Moves to a 24-Hour Construction Schedule

    26 days ago

    May 24, 2019

    On Sunday, May 26, Extreme Excavating will initiate a 24-hour construction schedule for the Victoria Street West Improvements Project. Since the launch of this project, construction work has been implemented in 12-hour shifts, 7:00 am–7:00 pm. Moving to a 24-hour schedule for the next 6–8 weeks will allow Extreme and the City to shorten the duration of these complex infrastructure improvements, with a target completion of summer 2020.

    “In the initial stages of planning, it was felt that this project would be complete by winter 2020. However, Extreme Excavating has been very innovative in helping us identify...

    May 24, 2019

    On Sunday, May 26, Extreme Excavating will initiate a 24-hour construction schedule for the Victoria Street West Improvements Project. Since the launch of this project, construction work has been implemented in 12-hour shifts, 7:00 am–7:00 pm. Moving to a 24-hour schedule for the next 6–8 weeks will allow Extreme and the City to shorten the duration of these complex infrastructure improvements, with a target completion of summer 2020.

    “In the initial stages of planning, it was felt that this project would be complete by winter 2020. However, Extreme Excavating has been very innovative in helping us identify ways to shorten the duration of construction and thereby minimize the impact on the businesses affected and on commuting traffic,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “This move to a 24-hour construction schedule for the next six to eight weeks will allow work to proceed much faster and ultimately will shorten the initial duration of the project by four to six months, bringing the target project completion to summer 2020.”

    All of the resources and planning are in place to meet the milestone dates set out in the construction schedule. Night work will begin on the evening of Sunday, May 26. During daytime hours, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. Decisions regarding a switch to single-lane, alternating traffic during evening hours will be made by Extreme as the night work progresses.

    Project Stages:

    Stage 1 work continues and will overlap with Stage 2 work until approximately the end of July 2019.
    Stage 1 construction is taking place between 1st Avenue and the centre island at Seymour Street West/Victoria Street West. Current Stage 1 traffic flow patterns will remain in place, and transit and emergency services vehicles will continue to receive priority routing around the Stage 1 construction zone.

    Stage 2 will encompass the Victoria Street West corridor from Seymour Street West near BCLC’s upper parking lot entrance to just west of Boomers Automotive near the Overlanders Bridge.
    All businesses along the Victoria Street West corridor are open and accessible, including those located within Stage 1 below BCLC and those located on both sides of the road within Stage 2.

    Please be courteous and allow motorists exiting from businesses, parkades, and on-street parking stalls to merge into traffic. Motorists are reminded of the posted 30 km/h speed limit throughout the construction zone and are asked to use caution and courtesy when driving in the area and utilize proper zipper merging etiquette. Please obey all traffic control devices and personnel.

  • Project Update - May 21

    29 days ago

    Stage 1

    - Silva cell work is complete.
    - Utility work is progressing and nearing completion.
    - New gas main will be installed this week.
    - Curbing will be done early June.

    Stage 2
    This week sanitary work will start east of Mustard Seed New Life Mission and progress west. This will involve trenching and removal of the south-side sidewalk in this location.

    Pedestrian access on the south side will be maintained but limited. Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when walking in the area. The crosswalks near Sun...

    Stage 1

    - Silva cell work is complete.
    - Utility work is progressing and nearing completion.
    - New gas main will be installed this week.
    - Curbing will be done early June.

    Stage 2
    This week sanitary work will start east of Mustard Seed New Life Mission and progress west. This will involve trenching and removal of the south-side sidewalk in this location.

    Pedestrian access on the south side will be maintained but limited. Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when walking in the area. The crosswalks near Sun Life and near Mustard Seed will be maintained. Pedestrians are reminded to use the marked crosswalks, wait for the Walk signal, and ensure eye contact with motorists before proceeding across the crosswalks.

    With regards to the intersection of Seymour Street and 1st Avenue, please note that the north side cross walk is closed to pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the east, west and south side of the intersection and obey all pedestrian traffic signals, use caution when crossing, and ensure eye contact with motorists prior to stepping into the travel portion of the road.

    The new free flow traffic configuration near the Overlanders Bridge appears to be moving traffic efficiently through the work zone and onto the bridge.

    A new traffic webcam has been installed at 3rd Avenue and Lansdowne Street which shows views of Lansdowne Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue. The project webcams can be viewed on this Lets Talk page.
  • Victoria Street West Improvements Project - Stage 2 Starts May 12

    about 1 month ago
    May 9, 2019

    On Sunday, May 12, Extreme Excavating will begin Stage 2 construction of the Victoria Street West Improvements Project. Stage 1 work continues and will overlap with Stage 2 work until approximately the end of July 2019.

    “Stage 2 will encompass the Victoria Street West corridor from Seymour Street West near the BCLC upper parking lot entrance to just west of Boomers Automotive near the Overlanders Bridge,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “Construction will be restricted to the south side of the road, with traffic travelling on the north side of the road in two...

    May 9, 2019

    On Sunday, May 12, Extreme Excavating will begin Stage 2 construction of the Victoria Street West Improvements Project. Stage 1 work continues and will overlap with Stage 2 work until approximately the end of July 2019.

    “Stage 2 will encompass the Victoria Street West corridor from Seymour Street West near the BCLC upper parking lot entrance to just west of Boomers Automotive near the Overlanders Bridge,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “Construction will be restricted to the south side of the road, with traffic travelling on the north side of the road in two lanes—one in each direction.”

    Starting the evening of May 12, crews will be removing asphalt from the south side of the road throughout the Stage 2 construction zone.

    To help with traffic flow and efficiency through the construction zone, the traffic light at the south end of the Overlanders Bridge on Victoria Street West will be deactivated. This will allow motorists travelling down Summit Drive or coming from Mission Flats heading to the North Shore to move freely onto the bridge. Motorists travelling west on Victoria Street West and heading to the North Shore will also be able to move freely onto the bridge.

    Stage 1 construction is taking place between 1st Avenue and the centre island at Seymour Street West/Victoria Street West. Current Stage 1 traffic flow patterns will remain in place, and transit and emergency services vehicles will continue to receive priority routing around the Stage 1 construction zone.

    In the Stage 1 construction zone, crews are continuing sanitary and water main work, Silva Cell installations (modular building blocks that allow trees and soil to manage stormwater on site), and duct bank installations for services and hydro.

    All businesses along the Victoria Street West corridor are open and accessible, including those located within Stage 1 below BCLC and those located on both sides of the road within Stage 2.

    Please be courteous and allow motorists exiting from businesses, parkades, and on-street parking stalls to merge into traffic. Motorists are reminded of the posted 30 km/h speed limit throughout the construction zone and are asked to use caution and courtesy when driving in the area and utilize proper zipper merging etiquette. Please obey all traffic control devices and personnel.

    Thank you for your patience—plan ahead and anticipate delays. Remember, we’re all in this together!


  • Project Update - May 2

    about 2 months ago
    It’s week 3 of Stage 1. So, what’s happening on site?
    • Demolition of the north and south sidewalks and curb and gutter is complete.
    • Most utility service replacements have been completed.
    • Service installations are continuing.
    • The Hydro duct bank installation has started.
    • Sanitary and waterline trenching is moving into the centre island (Victoria St West/Seymour St West).
    • Silva cell installations are starting (modular building blocks that allow trees and soil to manage stormwater on-site).
    Construction photos can be found on this Lets Talk page.

    Traffic pattern...

    It’s week 3 of Stage 1. So, what’s happening on site?
    • Demolition of the north and south sidewalks and curb and gutter is complete.
    • Most utility service replacements have been completed.
    • Service installations are continuing.
    • The Hydro duct bank installation has started.
    • Sanitary and waterline trenching is moving into the centre island (Victoria St West/Seymour St West).
    • Silva cell installations are starting (modular building blocks that allow trees and soil to manage stormwater on-site).
    Construction photos can be found on this Lets Talk page.

    Traffic pattern changes were implemented today to help increase traffic flow and efficiency through the construction zone, help reduce traffic congestion on Lansdowne Street, and increase pedestrian safety at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Seymour Street. The map showing these traffic pattern changes can be found on this Lets Talk page.

    Traffic flow on the approaches to, and through the construction zone will continue to be monitored, with further adjustments made as required.

    Traffic webcams are in place on Victoria Street West to provide east and west views of the construction zone. A new webcam will soon be installed at 3rd Avenue and Lansdowne Street. Check out the webcams on this Lets Talk page.

    Do the zipper merge! Maximizing the full use of all lanes until the merging point will help to reduce congestion and keep traffic flowing. Please be courteous and allow motorists exiting from businesses, parkades and on-street parking stalls to merge into traffic.

    Thank you for your patience - plan ahead and anticipate delays. Remember that we’re all in this together!
  • Victoria Street West Improvements Project -Traffic Pattern Changes

    about 2 months ago
    May 2, 2019

    Traffic pattern changes will be implemented today for the Victoria Street West Improvements Project, which is in its third week of construction. These changes will help to increase traffic flow and efficiency through the construction zone, help to reduce traffic congestion on Lansdowne Street, and increase pedestrian safety at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Seymour Street.

    After thorough monitoring of traffic flow on the approaches to the construction zone, the following adjustments were made to the Traffic Management Plan for Stage 1 of the project:

    1st Avenue and Seymour Street
    The north crosswalk of the intersection...

    May 2, 2019

    Traffic pattern changes will be implemented today for the Victoria Street West Improvements Project, which is in its third week of construction. These changes will help to increase traffic flow and efficiency through the construction zone, help to reduce traffic congestion on Lansdowne Street, and increase pedestrian safety at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Seymour Street.

    After thorough monitoring of traffic flow on the approaches to the construction zone, the following adjustments were made to the Traffic Management Plan for Stage 1 of the project:

    1st Avenue and Seymour Street
    The north crosswalk of the intersection will be closed to pedestrians. The southbound right‑turn lane on 1st Avenue at Seymour Street will be realigned to permit right turns only from the dedicated right‑turn lane. Right‑turning motorists are reminded to yield to pedestrians who are using the west crosswalk.

    1st Avenue and Lansdowne Street
    Motorists will now be allowed to turn right from Lansdowne Street at 1st Avenue. Between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, this movement will be controlled by traffic‑control personnel.

    2nd Avenue and Lansdowne Street
    The temporary traffic‑control devices and traffic‑control personnel on Lansdowne Street will be relocated to west of the intersection. Motorists will now be able to turn right from Lansdowne Street at 2nd Avenue. Motorists are encouraged to use all available lanes on Lansdowne Street and to zipper merge near 1st Avenue where the lanes converge to one. Maximizing the full use of all lanes until the merging point will help to reduce congestion and keep traffic flowing. Please be courteous and allow motorists exiting the parkades and parking stalls on Lansdowne Street to merge into traffic.

    The City will continue to monitor traffic flow on the approaches to and through the construction zone, and we will make further adjustments as required. We thank you for your patience and ask that you plan ahead and anticipate delays. Remember that we’re all in this together!

    Traffic webcams are in place on Victoria Street West to provide east and west views of the construction zone. View project updates, traffic webcams, and more at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/VictoriaWest.


  • Downtown Parking Availability During Phase 1 of Victoria Street West Construction

    about 2 months ago

    View our map for available public parking locations during the first stage of the Victoria Street West Improvements Project.

    Please note that in order to address parking impacts on businesses and commuters within the construction zone and to help reduce congestion, temporary parking adjustments may be made in the Downtown until August 2019, when the first stage of construction is scheduled for completion. A reduction in traffic congestion has the potential to shorten the length of the overall construction project.

    The City apologizes for any inconvenience these temporary changes may cause and thanks you for your patience. Sign...

    View our map for available public parking locations during the first stage of the Victoria Street West Improvements Project.

    Please note that in order to address parking impacts on businesses and commuters within the construction zone and to help reduce congestion, temporary parking adjustments may be made in the Downtown until August 2019, when the first stage of construction is scheduled for completion. A reduction in traffic congestion has the potential to shorten the length of the overall construction project.

    The City apologizes for any inconvenience these temporary changes may cause and thanks you for your patience. Sign up to receive project updates via email through the "Stay Informed" menu option on the right hand side of this page.


  • Project Update - Week of April 22

    about 2 months ago
    This week, Extreme Excavating will be doing sanitary and waterline deep trenching through the Stage 1 construction zone. They will also be removing a small number of trees on the south side of Victoria Street West in front of City Hall and BCLC to accommodate digging and replacement of utilities. New planting and landscaping along the entire corridor will proceed in a later stage of the project.

    All businesses on Victoria Street West are open and accessible and appreciate your continued support.

    For directions to access those businesses located within the Stage 1 construction zone (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Polar Battery,...

    This week, Extreme Excavating will be doing sanitary and waterline deep trenching through the Stage 1 construction zone. They will also be removing a small number of trees on the south side of Victoria Street West in front of City Hall and BCLC to accommodate digging and replacement of utilities. New planting and landscaping along the entire corridor will proceed in a later stage of the project.

    All businesses on Victoria Street West are open and accessible and appreciate your continued support.

    For directions to access those businesses located within the Stage 1 construction zone (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Polar Battery, Sirianni Motors, National Car Rental, Mervin Marine), please refer to the map.