Two RapidBus exchanges are being built in West Kelowna as part of the Kelowna RapidBus Project.
The Westbank Exchange will be constructed on Elliott Road, between Main Street (Highway 97 South) and Dobbin Road (Highway 97 North).
The Boucherie Mountain Exchange will be located on the western end of Westgate Road.
Beginning Friday, February 28, Elliott Road, from Main Street to Dobbin Road, will be closed to vehicle traffic. Motorists are advised to use Hebert Road, Old Okanagan Highway or Brown Road (south of Main Street) to avoid this section of Elliott.
Also beginning February 28, Westgate Road will be closed from Ross Road to the access to the Super 8 Motel. Motorists can access homes and businesses via Cameron Road and Brentwood Road.
Construction on both exchanges is expected to be mostly complete by July 2014. Pedestrian accessibility through the construction zones will be maintained, as well as access to local businesses.
RapidBus is designed to improve travel time, reliability, passenger comfort and convenience.
Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit. Its total cost is $44.5 million.
Anticipating frustration by residents over the upcoming detour inconveniences, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater hopes that people will focus on the end game.“We ask motorists to be patient during the construction period. The two Transit Exchanges will be important points of contact for our residents to a very much improved regional transit system.”