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Bernard-Ave-Revitalization  

Bernard Avenue reopens

May 30, 2014 / 4:55 pm
Nearly two years after work began, Mayor Walter Gray cut the ribbon Friday afternoon to officially reopen Kelowna's main street. The $14-million improvements saw four lanes narrowed into two plus a centre turning lane, expanded outdoor retail and cafe space, widened sidewalks for...

Final paving set for Bernard

May 23, 2014 / 10:47 am
Beginning Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m. Bernard Avenue from St. Paul to Pandosy streets, including the Ellis and Pandosy intersections, will be closed until Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. to thru traffic for top lift paving. This schedule is subject to change, as paving is weather dependant and...

Bernard grand opening nears

May 16, 2014 / 6:45 am
Early and most likely under budget. The Bernard Avenue revitalization project, which began after Labour Day of 2012, will be complete and open before the end of May - one full month ahead of schedule. According to Design and Construction Director, Bill Berry, the heavy lifting is...

Bernard and the weather

Apr 25, 2014 / 6:46 am
Weather - more specifically rain - will determine whether the final phase of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project will finish ahead of schedule. The $14.3M utility replacement and beautification project has been undertaken in phases starting back in September, 2012. The final phase,...

Bernard Ave in final stages

Apr 11, 2014 / 4:30 pm
The first layer of paving is underway on the final phase of Bernard Avenue which marks the completion of utilities and the commencement of streetscaping and landscaping work. This will be your last chance to walk in the middle of the road when walkways temporarily shift from next to the...

Bernard Ave - the final phase

Feb 21, 2014 / 11:15 am
The final phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” gets underway on Monday, March 3 from Ellis to Pandosy. “This Bernard Avenue project has really led the way in the revitalization of our downtown,” says Bill Berry, Director of...

New gateway points to downtown

Nov 26, 2013 / 1:45 pm
The final piece of the Gateway feature at the east end of Bernard Avenue was completed today (Tuesday) with the installation of banners designed by Westbank First Nation artist Janine Lott. The theme of the banners is “The Land is Our Culture” and celebrates the Syilx/Okanagan people...


Bernard Ave. reopening a month early

Nov 7, 2013 / 1:28 pm
Phase 3a of the $14-million Bernard Avenue revitalization project is nearing completion. It is anticipated Bernard Avenue will to reopen to motorists by 4 p.m. today (Thursday). The section of Bernard was completed nearly a month ahead of schedule, likely due in part to the fact only one...

7 month delay in Bernard completion

Sep 3, 2013 / 5:16 pm
It's official. The time frame for completion of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project has been moved back seven months. As first reported by Castanet News last week, the labour dispute at FortisBC has thrown a kibosh into plans to complete the project as scheduled at the end of...

Bernard Avenue closed for streetscaping

Aug 31, 2013 / 7:18 am
Beginning Tuesday, September 3, at 5 a.m. Bernard Avenue from St. Paul to Ellis Streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate the utility replacement and streetscaping as part of the revitalization of Bernard Avenue. The Ellis Street intersection will be closed to motorists and the truck...

Patios bring sidewalks to life

Aug 29, 2013 / 6:58 am
The City of Kelowna's new outdoor patio program has been a rousing success. That according to city property manager Ron Forbes. Following phases one and two of the revitalization of Bernard Avenue the city encouraged restaurants, coffee shops and bars to expand their businesses out onto...

Fortis dispute could disrupt Bernard Ave.

Aug 29, 2013 / 5:00 am
The on-going labour dispute between FortisBC and members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (!BEW), local 213, could delay a portion of Phase 3 of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project. The final phase of the project will begin Tuesday and is slated to wrap up in...

Artful enhancements on Bernard

Jul 22, 2013 / 10:27 am
Look up, look way up, at the new additions on Bernard Avenue’s light poles. Artistic metal fabricated plates created by local artist Crystal Przybille have been installed between Abbott and Pandosy Streets. Pat McCormick, Public Art Coordinator says this is really the crowning touch to...

Biz booming again on Bernard

Jun 1, 2013 / 2:10 pm
As the sun finally peeked through clouds Saturday afternoon, the streets of Bernard Avenue were once again filled with shoppers, sightseers and others collectively enjoying the improvements and reduced vehicular traffic. Bernard Avenue between Pandosy and City Park - the busiest section of the...

More construction on Bernard

May 31, 2013 / 11:14 am
The speed in which Phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project was complete has allowed the city to do some work on Phase 1 originally scheduled for next year. Beginning Monday, June 3, crews will begin raising manholes and preparing the road surface between Richter and Ellis streets...

It's official, Bernard Ave. re-opens Friday

May 30, 2013 / 9:00 am
The second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue will reopen to motorists in its entirety on Friday, May 31 after 5 p.m., weather permitting. "We are so pleased to reopen this phase ahead of schedule...

Bernard ready to re-open this weekend?

May 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
Could Bernard Avenue open up for traffic Friday? While nothing official has come from City Hall, that's the talk around the construction site. Phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project, which includes upgrades from Abbott to Pandosy streets, was scheduled to be complete by the...

Bernard Ave. phase 2 in home stretch

May 18, 2013 / 5:00 am
It won't be long now before Bernard Avenue is once again fully open to traffic. Phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project which has shut down Kelowna's main drag between Pandosy and Abbott streets since early Feb. is nearly complete. The major work remaining on the second...

It's concrete, the businesses are open

Apr 16, 2013 / 10:44 am
Here's an update on the revitalization of Bernard Ave. from the City of Kelowna: Utility replacment for the second phase of the revitalization from Abbott to Pandosy streets is now complete with sidewalks and landscaping to continue. Now's your chance to walk in the middle of the...

Taking a stroll through Bernard revite

Apr 12, 2013 / 4:30 pm
Everything remains on schedule on phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue revitalization project. Construction on phase 2 between Abbott and Pandosy streets began in early February and is scheduled to finish no later than the end of June, weather permitting of course. Pavement has already been laid...

Residents weigh in on Bernard paving

Apr 4, 2013 / 7:50 am
Asphalt is starting to roll out along Phase Two of the Bernard revitalization project and for many residents that is a good sign the city is paving its way to the finish line. For Casey Harder of Plan B Headquarters, construction has not been an issue for his business, saying the closed...

Council endorses sidewalk patio rates

Mar 25, 2013 / 4:59 pm
Merchants along Bernard Avenue who choose to set up an outdoor patio in front of their business will be able to do so, rent free, for two years. Kelowna City Council approved the recommendation Monday. Originally, staff suggested a grace period of one year when it appeared before council...

Rental break coming for sidewalk patios

Mar 23, 2013 / 6:26 am
Businesses along Bernard Avenue will be getting a better deal from the city if they choose to construct sidewalk patios in front of their business. City Council asked that a proposal presented a month ago proposing a three year fee structure be re-worked. The original fee structure...

Boy scoots around phase 2

Feb 13, 2013 / 8:18 am

New trees for old on Bernard Ave.

Feb 8, 2013 / 11:21 am
Trees being removed as part of Phase 2 of Bernard Revitalization will be replaced with a species more appropriate for urban settings. In all, 36 trees will be removed between Abbott and Pandosy streets. The trees were evaluated prior to the start of the project. The removal of many of the...

Closed to traffic, open for business

Feb 4, 2013 / 4:15 pm
The lower portion of Bernard Avenue was blocked off early Monday morning and will stay that way until June, as the city continues its downtown revitalization project. The 'main drag' will be closed from Abbott to Pandosy, as part of utility replacement and streetscaping, but the...

The new Bernard timelapse

Feb 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

Bernard revitalization hits phase 2

Jan 31, 2013 / 12:28 pm
Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 a.m., Bernard Avenue from Abbott to Pandosy streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate utility replacement and streetscaping for Phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue revitalization. With the closure of Abbott Street at Bernard Avenue, commuters are advised to use...

Green light for Bernard Street traffic

Jan 16, 2013 / 9:55 am
Traffic on Bernard Avenue will be unaffected by work in Kerry Park, that’s the latest news from the city of Kelowna as construction takes place to improve storm drainage. A safety barrier has been erected in the park to partition the area while work is underway, and the sidewalk along the...

Down on Bernard

Jan 14, 2013 / 5:58 am
Bernard Avenue is now Open! Remaining works on Phase 1 will continue through to spring, including adding the public art components on the gateway feature at Richter street and other minor streetscape esthetic improvements. Temporary ramps at crosswalks are in place until top lift paving is...

Bernard Ave. re-opens Friday evening

Dec 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
The first phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue will reopen to motorists on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. “We are really pleased with the outcome,” said Bill Berry, Director of Design &...

Bernard sidewalks more than concrete

Nov 17, 2012 / 5:00 am
The new sidewalks taking shape on Bernard Avenue offer the first visible clues to how the street is changing to become a more attractive and exciting "people place." As Phase 1 of the revitalization project nears completion, the first sections of new sidewalks are in place. The...

Revitalization shopping can be profitable

Oct 19, 2012 / 11:58 am
When is a little inconvenience, no inconvenience at all? When it could pay for a good chunk of your Christmas shopping. As a way of reminding consumers Bernard Avenue merchants are open for business and to thank shoppers for their continued support, the Downtown Kelowna Association, is...

Bernard Avenue slowly re-opening

Oct 10, 2012 / 5:00 am
A section of Bernard Avenue will re-open to traffic later today (Wednesday). At 3 p.m., barricades will come down at Bernard Avenue and Ellis Street opening up the street to traffic and parking just west of St. Paul Street. Utility replacement for phase one of the Bernard Avenue...

Fly over the new Bernard

Sep 26, 2012 / 5:00 am
For downtown motorists and pedestrians frustrated by the Bernard Revitalization, the City of Kelowna is offering prizes and a glimpse of what the fuss is all about. The City of Kelowna has made available an animated fly-by of what residents can expect to see when the $14-million Bernard Avenue...

Bernard businesses put on brave face

Sep 7, 2012 / 4:41 pm
After one week of construction work on Bernard Avenue, reactions were mixed among the businesses directly affected by the road closure. While there is a general agreement that traffic has slowed down since the revitalization began, some business have seen only a small reduction in the number...

Bernard: The 'heart' of the revitalization

Sep 5, 2012 / 2:00 pm
With the turn of a key on an excavator, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray officially launched the Bernard Avenue Revitalization Project. "Today, Bernard Avenue starts its transformation from a road to a destination. The investment by Bernard Avenue property owners and the city will see...

Downtown work starts after labour day

Aug 30, 2012 / 12:49 pm
Starting next week, people heading downtown will notice a big change as the much anticipated Bernard Avenue revitalization project gets underway. Motorists will be the most affected as Bernard is closed to traffic between Ellis and Richter Streets to accommodate both the utility replacement...