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 - December 20

    about 1 month ago
    Victoria st west team photo nov 28

    Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the Victoria Street West Improvements project team!



    Today work on the Victoria Street West Improvements Project finished up for 2019. Weather permitting, Extreme Excavating and crews will be back on site January 6 to continue with landscaping and third-party utility work at various locations throughout the corridor. Next spring and summer, landscaping work will be completed, utility change-overs will take place, hydro poles will be removed, remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and any additional remaining work will be completed.



    30 km/hr reduced speed signs have been removed from the construction zone. Starting January 6, temporary 30 km/hr speed signs will be installed only in active work zones along the corridor.



    The crosswalk at the west end of the corridor in front of Sun Life Financial is temporarily closed for the winter. It will reopen next spring once the crosswalk lights have been installed. With four lanes of traffic in that area, there is a safety concern that motorists will not see or stop for pedestrians without the crosswalk light in place. The crosswalk near The Mustard Seed will remain open. Both the north and south sidewalks throughout the corridor are fully accessible to pedestrians. Permanent bus stops are in place near National Car Rental/Spoke N’ Motion (outbound) and near Budget Brake and Muffler (inbound).

    The City and Extreme Excavating want to thank 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 for their patience throughout the project. Next year should be less impactful as work will primarily be focused outside of the roadway and driveways.

    Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the Victoria Street West Improvements project team!



    Today work on the Victoria Street West Improvements Project finished up for 2019. Weather permitting, Extreme Excavating and crews will be back on site January 6 to continue with landscaping and third-party utility work at various locations throughout the corridor. Next spring and summer, landscaping work will be completed, utility change-overs will take place, hydro poles will be removed, remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and any additional remaining work will be completed.



    30 km/hr reduced speed signs have been removed from the construction zone. Starting January 6, temporary 30 km/hr speed signs will be installed only in active work zones along the corridor.



    The crosswalk at the west end of the corridor in front of Sun Life Financial is temporarily closed for the winter. It will reopen next spring once the crosswalk lights have been installed. With four lanes of traffic in that area, there is a safety concern that motorists will not see or stop for pedestrians without the crosswalk light in place. The crosswalk near The Mustard Seed will remain open. Both the north and south sidewalks throughout the corridor are fully accessible to pedestrians. Permanent bus stops are in place near National Car Rental/Spoke N’ Motion (outbound) and near Budget Brake and Muffler (inbound).

    The City and Extreme Excavating want to thank 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 for their patience throughout the project. Next year should be less impactful as work will primarily be focused outside of the roadway and driveways.

  • Project Update - December 13

    about 1 month ago

    
It’s almost a wrap for this year!



    During the week of December 16 (weather permitting), landscaping work, including installing fencing and placing soil in landscape beds in Stage 1, and installing retaining walls on the south side of Victoria Street West, will continue. Third-party utility work will also continue at various locations throughout the corridor. Motorists are reminded that Victoria Street West continues to be an active construction zone with the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit in effect until further notice. 



    Transit riders are advised that a permanent outbound bus stop has been installed on Victoria Street West near...

    
It’s almost a wrap for this year!



    During the week of December 16 (weather permitting), landscaping work, including installing fencing and placing soil in landscape beds in Stage 1, and installing retaining walls on the south side of Victoria Street West, will continue. Third-party utility work will also continue at various locations throughout the corridor. Motorists are reminded that Victoria Street West continues to be an active construction zone with the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit in effect until further notice. 



    Transit riders are advised that a permanent outbound bus stop has been installed on Victoria Street West near National Car Rental/Spoke N’ Motion. A temporary inbound bus stop is in place on Seymour Street West across from BCLC’s top parking lot access. A permanent inbound bus stop will be installed near Budget Brake and Muffler in the spring. Both the north and south sidewalks are fully accessible to pedestrians throughout the corridor.

  • Project Update - December 6

    about 2 months ago

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…on Victoria Street West! The trees at either end of the corridor are lit up and businesses are open and accessible.

    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, ski equipment, a bike, snow mobile 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 all on Victoria Street West.

    Victoria Street...

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…on Victoria Street West! The trees at either end of the corridor are lit up and businesses are open and accessible.

    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, ski equipment, a bike, snow mobile 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 all on Victoria Street West.

    Victoria Street West continues to be an active construction zone with the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit in effect until further notice. Curb lane closures are still in place as third-party utility work and landscaping continues throughout the corridor. With more than 30,000 vehicles currently traveling on Victoria Street West every day, safety remains a huge concern for construction workers, flaggers, and pedestrians.

  • Project Update - November 29

    about 2 months ago

    With winter weather quickly approaching, crews are hoping to complete driveway tie-ins and asphalt restoration the week of December 2. In addition, third-party utility work, landscaping in the east and west islands, paving stone installation on the north and south sidewalks, and landscape fencing installation in Stage 1 continues.

    The entire Victoria Street West corridor is now paved but the construction zone is still in effect as work continues. A huge thank you to motorists for continuing to travel safely through the site and adhering to the posted 30 km/hr speed limit.

    With winter weather quickly approaching, crews are hoping to complete driveway tie-ins and asphalt restoration the week of December 2. In addition, third-party utility work, landscaping in the east and west islands, paving stone installation on the north and south sidewalks, and landscape fencing installation in Stage 1 continues.

    The entire Victoria Street West corridor is now paved but the construction zone is still in effect as work continues. A huge thank you to motorists for continuing to travel safely through the site and adhering to the posted 30 km/hr speed limit.

  • Project Update - November 22

    2 months ago

    During the week of November 25, third-party utility work, landscaping in the east and west islands, and paving stone installation on the north and south sidewalks will continue and driveway tie-ins and asphalt restoration will be completed.

    Now that the days are shorter and it gets dark earlier, motorists and pedestrians are reminded of the following tips to stay safe when travelling through the construction zone.

    Pedestrians:

    • stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
    • respect and follow direction from traffic control devices and flaggers
    • don’t take hazardous shortcuts
    • cross at marked crosswalks or designated walking...

    During the week of November 25, third-party utility work, landscaping in the east and west islands, and paving stone installation on the north and south sidewalks will continue and driveway tie-ins and asphalt restoration will be completed.

    Now that the days are shorter and it gets dark earlier, motorists and pedestrians are reminded of the following tips to stay safe when travelling through the construction zone.

    Pedestrians:

    • stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
    • respect and follow direction from traffic control devices and flaggers
    • don’t take hazardous shortcuts
    • cross at marked crosswalks or designated walking areas
    • make eye contact with drivers and wait for them to stop before crossing
    • keep a safe distance from active equipment


    Drivers:

    • focus on the road and stay alert
    • be prepared to stop for pedestrians crossing and other drivers stopping unexpectedly
    • slow down and follow the 30 km/hr posted speed limit
    • allow drivers exiting businesses or residences in the construction zone to merge into traffic
    • be patient, plan ahead and expect some delays
    • when approaching the construction zone, zipper merge!
  • Project Update - November 15

    2 months ago

    Mother Nature cooperated this week and crews were able to pave the final section of Victoria Street West. During the week of November 18, crews will be paving driveway accesses, and pouring remaining driveway letdowns and sidewalks on the north side of Victoria Street West. All Victoria Street West businesses will remain accessible. Third party utility work and landscaping (brickwork, tree planting, and fencing) will continue throughout the corridor. View the progress via the traffic webcams on this Lets Talk project page.

    A permanent outbound bus stop will be installed on Victoria Street West near National Car Rental. A temporary...

    Mother Nature cooperated this week and crews were able to pave the final section of Victoria Street West. During the week of November 18, crews will be paving driveway accesses, and pouring remaining driveway letdowns and sidewalks on the north side of Victoria Street West. All Victoria Street West businesses will remain accessible. Third party utility work and landscaping (brickwork, tree planting, and fencing) will continue throughout the corridor. View the progress via the traffic webcams on this Lets Talk project page.

    A permanent outbound bus stop will be installed on Victoria Street West near National Car Rental. A temporary inbound bus stop will be installed on Seymour Street West across from BCLC’s top parking lot access.

    The Victoria Street West Improvements project started seven months ago. Carried out in four stages, the $13 million project involves utility replacement and undergrounding; road reconstruction; and improved pedestrian access, lighting, and landscaping. The project is on schedule for completion in Summer 2020.

    Extreme Excavating and the City of Kamloops extend a huge thank you to businesses, residents, motorists, pedestrians and transit users for their patience and support throughout the project so far!

  • Paving of Victoria Street West Scheduled for Thursday, November 14

    2 months ago
    Cp vicwestimprovements trafficchangesmap nov2019

    

It looks like Mother Nature may co-operate! Taking advantage of a window of better weather, crews will pave the final section of Victoria Street West east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing on Thursday, November 14.




    View the map.

    On paving day, the Victoria Street West corridor will be temporarily opened to four lanes of traffic; however, motorists and transit users should still expect significant delays from 7:00 am until early evening, and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes that day.



    Detours will be in place for traffic travelling down Summit Drive...

    

It looks like Mother Nature may co-operate! Taking advantage of a window of better weather, crews will pave the final section of Victoria Street West east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing on Thursday, November 14.




    View the map.

    On paving day, the Victoria Street West corridor will be temporarily opened to four lanes of traffic; however, motorists and transit users should still expect significant delays from 7:00 am until early evening, and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes that day.



    Detours will be in place for traffic travelling down Summit Drive or from Mission Flats Road and destined for the North Shore via the Overlanders Bridge. Motorists are advised to avoid Summit Drive if possible and to use the Halston Bridge to access the North Shore.



    Westbound traffic east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing should expect some temporary road closures (up to 20 minutes at times). Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing will remain open and accessible. Directional signage and flaggers will be in place to assist motorists with accessing these businesses.



    Traffic web cams and project information can be viewed on this Lets Talk page.

  • Paving of the Final Section of the Victoria Street West Project Temporarily Postponed

    2 months ago

    November 12 - Due to this week’s inclement weather, paving of the final section of Victoria Street West, east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing, has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Please visit this Lets Talk project page for updates.

    November 12 - Due to this week’s inclement weather, paving of the final section of Victoria Street West, east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing, has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Please visit this Lets Talk project page for updates.

  • Project Update - November 8

    3 months ago

    We appreciate your patience - we’re almost there!

    The final section of Victoria Street West, east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing, will be paved on Wednesday, November 13. Motorists and transit users should expect significant delays from 7 am until early evening, and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes that day. Some detours may be in place. Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing will remain open and accessible. Directional signage and flaggers will be in place to assist motorists with accessing these businesses.

    During the week of November 12,...

    We appreciate your patience - we’re almost there!

    The final section of Victoria Street West, east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing, will be paved on Wednesday, November 13. Motorists and transit users should expect significant delays from 7 am until early evening, and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes that day. Some detours may be in place. Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing will remain open and accessible. Directional signage and flaggers will be in place to assist motorists with accessing these businesses.

    During the week of November 12, crews will also be pouring the remaining driveway letdowns and sidewalks on the north side of Victoria Street West. All Victoria Street West businesses will remain accessible. Third party utility work and landscaping (brickwork, tree planting, and fencing) will continue throughout the corridor.

    We apologize for the significant delays that motorists have been experiencing as crews work to have all lanes of traffic open and pedestrian access restored throughout the corridor for the winter by the end of 2019. Next spring and summer, landscaping work will continue, hydro poles will be removed, remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and paving and any additional remaining work will be completed.

    Extreme Excavating Hours - Remembrance Day Weekend


    Crews will be taking the long weekend off to enjoy Remembrance Day with their families, returning on Tuesday morning.

  • Motorists Urged to Plan Ahead as Final Section of Victoria Street West is Paved on November 13

    3 months ago

    On Wednesday, November 13, crews will pave Stage 4 of the Victoria Street West Project east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing. This is the final section of Victoria Street West to be paved. Motorists should expect significant delays, and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes that day. Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing will remain open and accessible. Directional signage and flaggers will be in place to assist motorists with accessing these businesses.

    Transit users should also expect significant delays. Route 10 - North Shore TRU Express will be...

    On Wednesday, November 13, crews will pave Stage 4 of the Victoria Street West Project east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing. This is the final section of Victoria Street West to be paved. Motorists should expect significant delays, and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes that day. Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing will remain open and accessible. Directional signage and flaggers will be in place to assist motorists with accessing these businesses.

    Transit users should also expect significant delays. Route 10 - North Shore TRU Express will be directly impacted and, due to the interconnections within the Kamloops Transit System, delays will be felt on all routes at various times during the day. All transit users are encouraged to plan accordingly.

    During the week of November 12, crews will also be pouring the remaining driveway letdowns and sidewalks on the north side of Victoria Street West. All Victoria Street West businesses will remain accessible.

    “We apologize for the significant delays that motorists and transit users have been experiencing while crews are working in Stage 4, particularly those people travelling down Summit Drive or on Mission Flats Road,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “The City and Extreme Excavating appreciate the patience of motorists, transit users, and pedestrians as well as the businesses and residents along the Victoria Street West corridor as crews work to have all lanes of traffic open and pedestrian access restored throughout the corridor for the winter by the end of 2019. Next spring and summer, landscaping work will continue, hydro poles will be removed, remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and paving and any additional remaining work will be completed.”

    With approximately 30,000 vehicles currently travelling through the Victoria Street West corridor every day, safety remains a huge concern for construction workers, flaggers, and pedestrians. Motorists are reminded that the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit is still in effect throughout the entire construction zone, which extends westbound from Lansdowne Street at 2nd Avenue to the Overlanders Bridge and eastbound from the Overlanders Bridge to Seymour Street West across from the BCLC upper parking lot access. Fines for speeding in a work zone start at $196.