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 and street-scaping work scheduled as part of the project.
The work will also require closing the Ellis Street intersection and re-routing truck traffic to Gordon Drive until mid-October.
The detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.
All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments.
Visit the BC Transit website for all the details.
For pedestrians, disruptions should be kept at a minimum. Plans call for maintaining of access to businesses and pedestrian walkways whenever possible.
There will be small delays for pedestrians crossing Bernard at both St. Paul and Bertram Streets.
The project calls for work to be conducted 18 hours a day, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, although some work may be done outside of those hours in an attempt to minimize the impact on businesses in the area.
The first phase of the $11-million project is scheduled to be completed in November.
For more information on the project and its progress, visit the City of Kelowna's website.