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 - November 15

    5 days 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 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!

    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

    7 days 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

    8 days 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

    12 days 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

    14 days 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.

  • Project Update - November 1

    19 days ago

    On Sunday, November 3, crews will be line painting throughout the Victoria Street West corridor (weather permitting).

    During the week of November 4, third-party utility work will continue on the north side of Victoria Street West near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing as well as in some areas on the south side of the street. Landscaping work will continue throughout the corridor (brickwork, tree planting, and fencing).


    On Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, crews are scheduled to pour curbing in Stage 4 near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing. We apologize for the significant delays...

    On Sunday, November 3, crews will be line painting throughout the Victoria Street West corridor (weather permitting).

    During the week of November 4, third-party utility work will continue on the north side of Victoria Street West near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing as well as in some areas on the south side of the street. Landscaping work will continue throughout the corridor (brickwork, tree planting, and fencing).


    On Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, crews are scheduled to pour curbing in Stage 4 near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing. We apologize for the significant delays that motorists have been experiencing while crews are working in this area. Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing are open and accessible. Directional signage and flaggers are in place to assist motorists with accessing these businesses.

    Paving of the Victoria Street West corridor is now complete (both the bottom and top “lifts”/layers of asphalt), except for Stage 4 east of the Overlanders Bridge near Craftsman Collision and Signature Signs and Printing. Paving of this final section is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 12 (weather permitting).

    On Tuesday, November 12, crews will pour the remaining driveway letdowns and sidewalks on the north side of Victoria Street West. All Victoria Street West businesses will remain accessible.

    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. Speeding through the work zone continues to be a huge safety concern for construction workers, flaggers, and pedestrians. Fines for speeding in a work zone start at $196.

    Thank you to all Victoria Street West businesses and residents as well as the motorists, transit users, and pedestrians travelling through the construction zone for your continued patience. Please continue to expect delays as crews complete this year’s work in the corridor.

  • Project Update - October 25

    27 days ago

    We’re almost done for this year!



    The Victoria Street West Improvements Project is on schedule to have all lanes of traffic paved and open and pedestrian access restored throughout the corridor by the end of 2019, as long as weather conditions remain favourable. In spring/summer 2020, landscaping work will continue, hydro poles will be removed and the remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and any additional remaining work will be completed.



    During the week of October 28, third-party utility work will continue on the north side of Victoria Street West near Sun Life Financial, Signature Printing, and Craftsman Collision. Landscaping...

    We’re almost done for this year!



    The Victoria Street West Improvements Project is on schedule to have all lanes of traffic paved and open and pedestrian access restored throughout the corridor by the end of 2019, as long as weather conditions remain favourable. In spring/summer 2020, landscaping work will continue, hydro poles will be removed and the remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and any additional remaining work will be completed.



    During the week of October 28, third-party utility work will continue on the north side of Victoria Street West near Sun Life Financial, Signature Printing, and Craftsman Collision. Landscaping work will continue throughout the corridor (Silva Cell installation, brickwork, and tree planting).


    We apologize for the significant delays that motorists have been experiencing in Stage 4 near Craftsman Collision and Signature Printing while crews are working in this area. Both Craftsman Collision and Signature Printing are open and accessible. We appreciate your patience! 



    On Wednesday, October 30, crews will finish paving the lanes on Victoria Street West from Stereo Warehouse to just west of Sun Life Financial. Work will commence at 7:00 am and continue until early evening. Motorists and transit users should expect significant delays. Motorists are urged to consider alternate routes.



    Paving of the rest of Stage 4 near Craftsman Collision and Signature Printing is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 12 (weather permitting).



    On Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, crews will pour the remaining sidewalk on the south side of Victoria Street West from Auto Direct west to Boomers Automotive, with the exception of those areas where hydro poles are still in place. Safe pedestrian access on both the north and south sides of Victoria Street West will be maintained throughout the winter.

  • Project Update - October 19

    about 1 month ago

    During the week of October 21, third-party utility work continues on the north side of Victoria Street West, near Sun Life Financial, Signature Printing and Craftsman Collision. Landscaping work, including Silva Cell installation, brickwork, and tree planting, continues throughout the corridor.

    Concrete pouring of curb and gutter on the north side of Victoria Street West from Spoke N Motion west to the Overlanders Bridge is scheduled for Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 (weather permitting). Please expect delays.

    With crews working in Stage 4 near the Overlanders Bridge, we apologize for the significant delays that motorists have been experiencing...

    During the week of October 21, third-party utility work continues on the north side of Victoria Street West, near Sun Life Financial, Signature Printing and Craftsman Collision. Landscaping work, including Silva Cell installation, brickwork, and tree planting, continues throughout the corridor.

    Concrete pouring of curb and gutter on the north side of Victoria Street West from Spoke N Motion west to the Overlanders Bridge is scheduled for Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 (weather permitting). Please expect delays.

    With crews working in Stage 4 near the Overlanders Bridge, we apologize for the significant delays that motorists have been experiencing as they enter the construction zone from Summit Drive or Mission Flats Road to access the Overlanders Bridge.

    When travelling down Summit Drive and approaching the construction zone, motorists are encouraged to do the zipper merge and use all lanes until the point of merging and then take turns to safely and smoothly ease into the remaining lane. Maximizing the full use of all lanes until the point of merging reduces congestion and helps to keep traffic flowing. Thank you for your patience!

    To help plan your route and to watch the construction progress, view the traffic webcams on this Lets Talk page.

    Please help ensure the safety of the crews and pedestrians in the construction zone. The 30 km/hr speed limit applies 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.

  • Project Update - October 12

    about 1 month ago

    On October 11, crews paved three lanes (two eastbound and one westbound) on Victoria Street West from Spoke N’ Motion and The Mustard Seed to Boomers Automotive. Extreme Excavating and the City apologize for the significant delays to traffic during the grading and paving this week.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to have all lanes of traffic paved and open and pedestrian access restored throughout the corridor by the end of 2019, as long as weather conditions remain favourable. In spring/summer 2020, landscaping work will continue, hydro poles will be removed, the remaining sidewalk panels will...

    On October 11, crews paved three lanes (two eastbound and one westbound) on Victoria Street West from Spoke N’ Motion and The Mustard Seed to Boomers Automotive. Extreme Excavating and the City apologize for the significant delays to traffic during the grading and paving this week.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to have all lanes of traffic paved and open and pedestrian access restored throughout the corridor by the end of 2019, as long as weather conditions remain favourable. In spring/summer 2020, landscaping work will continue, hydro poles will be removed, the remaining sidewalk panels will be installed, and any additional remaining work will be completed.

    
During of the week of October 14, third-party utility work continues on the north side of Victoria Street West, near Sun Life Financial. Landscaping work, including Silva Cell installation, brickwork, and tree planting, continues throughout the corridor. Excavation work continues west of Sun Life Financial. 



    As more of the Victoria Street West corridor becomes paved, please remember that the 30 km/hr speed limit applies 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.

    
Speeding through work zones is a huge safety concern for construction workers, flaggers, and pedestrians. The RCMP will be paying close attention to the speed of vehicles travelling through the construction area. Fines for speeding in a work zone start at $196.


    Extreme Excavating Hours - Thanksgiving Long Weekend


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


  • Victoria Street West Reopened After Gas Line Break

    about 1 month ago

    Thursday, October 10 - Earlier this afternoon, there was a gas line break within the Victoria Street West construction zone. While no immediate danger was identified, as a safety precaution Victoria Street West was temporarily closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 1st Avenue to the Overlanders Bridge. Fortis has now completed repairs to the gas line and Victoria Street West is reopened to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

    We thank you for your patience.

    Thursday, October 10 - Earlier this afternoon, there was a gas line break within the Victoria Street West construction zone. While no immediate danger was identified, as a safety precaution Victoria Street West was temporarily closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 1st Avenue to the Overlanders Bridge. Fortis has now completed repairs to the gas line and Victoria Street West is reopened to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

    We thank you for your patience.