Main Street torn up

Long-anticipated downtown revitalization work is now underway on the 200 block of Main Street in Penticton.

The construction contract was awarded to Grizzly Excavating and the work began this week, with the first phase to be complete in mid-June.

"I think this is very exciting, because it has been talked about by the Downtown Penticton Association for the last 10 to 12 years, and I believe that 1978 was the last time something major happened in the downtown," said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.

The city will then focus on the busy summer season, before starting the second phase on the 100 block, from September to December.

Although the road is torn up, residents and visitors can still access businesses and restaurants.

Merchants say it is an inconvenience, but that it will be good for the city in the longrun.

"I'm happy that it has finally started," said Rebecca Pinske, manager at The Bumwrap. "I think it's definitely a sleepy downtown, and it could use a boost, for sure."

Pinske said her store will be open seven days a week during the construction, and will make an announcement on Facebook when it switches to its back-door entrance.

Neil Macdonald at Peach City Runners said it's business as usual.

He too is looking forward to seeing the improvements.

"It's just going to improve the look of the downtown, which is needed," he said.

Motorists are advised to expect delays in the downtown core and to obey flaggers and signage during the construction period, which is scheduled to continue until June 17.

More information on the project is available on the city website.


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