Major road construction projects begin

By Jill Sperling
July 9, 2016 - 8:21am Updated: July 11, 2016 - 11:08am

KAMLOOPS — Two major road construction projects are set to begin in Kamloops on Monday. 

Upgrades to Pacific Way will include milling and paving the span from Hugh Allen Dr to Aberdeen Dr. 

The project will also see 800 metres of water main replaced. 

Capital Projects Manager Darren Crundwell says that's not expected to begin until the second week of work, however, when it does the road will only be open to local traffic and emergency vehicles.

"That will be the biggest impact," Crundwell said, "so we've already started sending out detour routes and encouraging residents to use Aberdeen Dr and other routes to avoid Pacific Way."

The project has an estimated cost of $2.9 million.

Across the river a smaller stretch of road will be getting a face-lift. 

Work on Richmond Ave will include new water main tie-ins, storm sewer catch basins and sanitary sewers, new street lighting, road reconstruction, driveway and boulevard restoration, and work on sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. 

Some partial or total road closures are expected. 

The city is cautioning residents that vibratory compaction equipment will be in use, and to pack away any fragile items which could be damaged by the vibration. 

Both projects are scheduled to be completed in October.

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