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 For April 3

    4 days ago

    Crews are back on site and continuing with landscaping work and electrical service changeovers. Please be advised that to accommodate this work the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit has been reinstated throughout the construction zone and some lane closures are in place.

    COVID-19 Safety Precautions

    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.

    3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements Project - ON HOLD

    This week the Mayor announced that City of Kamloops capital projects that were already underway are continuing, such as Westsyde Pool and West Victoria Street. In addition, some other essential projects will move forward: two groundwater wells in Aberdeen, the landfill berm at Mission Flats and the standby power for the water system. All other capital projects, including the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements project, are on hold until the Emergency Operations Centre receives direction from Council.

    Crews are back on site and continuing with landscaping work and electrical service changeovers. Please be advised that to accommodate this work the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit has been reinstated throughout the construction zone and some lane closures are in place.

    COVID-19 Safety Precautions

    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.

    3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements Project - ON HOLD

    This week the Mayor announced that City of Kamloops capital projects that were already underway are continuing, such as Westsyde Pool and West Victoria Street. In addition, some other essential projects will move forward: two groundwater wells in Aberdeen, the landfill berm at Mission Flats and the standby power for the water system. All other capital projects, including the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements project, are on hold until the Emergency Operations Centre receives direction from Council.

  • Project Update - March 27

    11 days ago

    We have received numerous inquiries this week about the status of the Victoria Street West project given the COVID-19 situation. As you may be aware, work on the corridor ceased this week and Extreme Excavating temporarily removed the 30 km/hr reduced speed zone.

    Starting Monday, March 30, crews will be back on site to recommence landscaping and electrical service changeovers. To accommodate this work, the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit will be reinstated throughout the construction zone and some lane closures will be in place.

    With the COVID-19 situation, Extreme Excavating and project sub-contractors are taking every precaution to help...

    We have received numerous inquiries this week about the status of the Victoria Street West project given the COVID-19 situation. As you may be aware, work on the corridor ceased this week and Extreme Excavating temporarily removed the 30 km/hr reduced speed zone.

    Starting Monday, March 30, crews will be back on site to recommence landscaping and electrical service changeovers. To accommodate this work, the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit will be reinstated throughout the construction zone and some lane closures will be in place.

    With the COVID-19 situation, 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.

  • Project Update - March 20

    18 days ago

    With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Extreme Excavating and project sub-contractors are taking precautions 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. During this challenging time, we encourage everyone to keep calm, stay safe and remember that we are all in this together.

    Remaining electrical service changeovers are tentative for the week of March 23, however, landscaping work will continue throughout the Victoria Street West corridor. The 30 km/hr reduced speed limit continues throughout the construction zone...

    With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Extreme Excavating and project sub-contractors are taking precautions 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. During this challenging time, we encourage everyone to keep calm, stay safe and remember that we are all in this together.

    Remaining electrical service changeovers are tentative for the week of March 23, however, landscaping work will continue throughout the Victoria Street West corridor. The 30 km/hr reduced speed limit continues throughout the construction zone. Some lane closures are in place, and motorists should expect delays.


    Motorists are reminded of the 3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street intersection improvements that are scheduled to start March 30, with an anticipated completion date of May 1. 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.

  • Project Update - March 13

    25 days ago

    Throughout March, crews on Victoria Street West are completing electrical and other utility service changeovers as well as landscaping work. Motorists are reminded that the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit continues throughout the construction zone. Some lane closures are in place, and motorists should expect delays.



    3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements Start March 30

    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.



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    Throughout March, crews on Victoria Street West are completing electrical and other utility service changeovers as well as landscaping work. Motorists are reminded that the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit continues throughout the construction zone. Some lane closures are in place, and motorists should expect delays.



    3rd Avenue/Lansdowne Street Intersection Improvements Start March 30

    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.



    Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 30, with an anticipated completion date of May 1. 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.

  • Project Update - March 6

    about 1 month ago
    The Victoria Street West Improvements project is currently on schedule for completion by early Summer 2020.

    Throughout March, crews are completing electrical and other utility service changeovers for Victoria Street West businesses and residents. Some lane closures will be in place to accommodate the changeover work. Please expect delays.

    Once the service changeovers from the old services to the new services are complete, hydro poles along the corridor will be removed, pedestrian signals will be installed at the crosswalks in front of The Mustard Seed and Sun Life, and remaining lamp standards will be put in place.

    Landscaping work, including...

    The Victoria Street West Improvements project is currently on schedule for completion by early Summer 2020.

    Throughout March, crews are completing electrical and other utility service changeovers for Victoria Street West businesses and residents. Some lane closures will be in place to accommodate the changeover work. Please expect delays.

    Once the service changeovers from the old services to the new services are complete, hydro poles along the corridor will be removed, pedestrian signals will be installed at the crosswalks in front of The Mustard Seed and Sun Life, and remaining lamp standards will be put in place.

    Landscaping work, including installation of bricks, ornamental fencing and planting beds, continues along the corridor.

    Motorists are reminded that the 30 km/hr reduced speed limit continues throughout the construction zone and is in effect 24 hours a day. Both the north and south sidewalks throughout the corridor are fully accessible to pedestrians.Temporary bus stops are in place on Victoria Street West near Polar Battery (outbound) and on Seymour Street West across from BCLC’s upper parking lot (inbound).

    To see what Victoria Street West will look like after the construction is complete, watch the 3D video rendering on this Let's Talk project page.
  • Project Update - January 27

    2 months ago

    Extreme Excavating will resume work in the Victoria Street West corridor this week.

    Effective Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the 30 km/hr reduced speed zone will be reinstalled throughout the corridor until further notice and some lane closures will be implemented to allow for landscaping and third party utility work to continue. Motorists should expect some delays as work resumes.

    Extreme Excavating will resume work in the Victoria Street West corridor this week.

    Effective Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the 30 km/hr reduced speed zone will be reinstalled throughout the corridor until further notice and some lane closures will be implemented to allow for landscaping and third party utility work to continue. Motorists should expect some delays as work resumes.

  • Project Update - December 20

    4 months ago

    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...

    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

    4 months 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 National...

    
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

    4 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

    4 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.