The City of Kelowna plans to build more active transportation corridors, like this one along Ethel Street, for the benefit of cyclists and pedestrians next year. Some councillors wondered during 2024 budget deliberations about the relative lack of specific road-building projects Kelowna residents shouldn’t see much in the way of new road construction in 2024.
But in the years after that, vroom vroom.
Noting a relative lack of specific roadworks projects in the 2024 budget during deliberations Thursday, Coun. Ron Cannan asked: “Are we building any roads next year?”
“We’re really good at building bicycle lanes, but we’re not so good at building roads, that’s my observation,” added Coun. Rick Webber.
Staff explained that 2024 will largely be a year of planning and design work for several new roads, with actual construction to come in the following years.
And the city will experiment with a new approach, council heard. Several big projects will be bundled together and put out to tender, in hopes of getting a better price from contractors.
“We’re kind of testing that approach right now, to gauge the viability of that,” city manager Doug Gilchrist told council. “We’re doing our best to accelerate the delivery of road projects.”A transportation-related construction priority for next year is the extension or development of new active transportation corridors, off-street protected paths that cater to bicyclists and pedestrians. These include extensions along Lakeshore Road and a new ATC along Betram Street from Harvey Avenue to the new UBC Okanagan campus on Doyle Avenue.Coun. Luke Stack said he’d […]