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 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 stakeholders throughout the project and will be hosting an open house at a later date to review the preliminary design, gather feedback on project execution, and hear any concerns.

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  • Council Approves Funding for Victoria Street West Upgrades

    by Quinn, 6 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, 6 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.