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Brown Road welcomes parade

After a nearly year-long makeover, Brown Road in West Kelowna has reopened.

The busy section of Brown Road, between Main Street and Bering Road, was officially opened today on time for the District of West Kelowna’s annual Westside Daze Parade.

The first phase of the Brown Road Streetscape Improvement Project is an integral part of the ongoing revitalization of Westbank Centre, the District’s urban and commercial core.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater said “The streetscape improvements on Brown Road are a first step in creating a vibrant, beautiful public space for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy while complementing parking and vehicle demands. While we have experienced both successes and challenges in the end I believe we have met the expectation of residents and the business community.”

The project involved a wide range of infrastructure improvements, including a new road surface and new sidewalks, the addition of designated parking stalls, improved street signage and pedestrian crossings, and new curb and gutter installations.

In addition, overhead utilities were moved underground and the streetscape is now adorned with ornamental lampposts and street furniture.

Funding for this $3.16 million project was provided by a variety of sources, including $586,034 through the federal Gas Tax Fund, $75,000 from BC Hydro’s Beautification Program and $20,000 from ICBC’s Road Improvement Program.

The District of West Kelowna provided the remaining funding.

The Government of Canada provides $253 million in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

Since the District’s incorporation in December 2007, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made over $8.4 million available to West Kelowna.




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