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Construction just days away

The upcoming improvements to the 300 block of Main Street in Penticton will be undertaken by Grizzly Excavating, the same contracting company that did similar work on the 100 and 200 blocks in 2016.

The project will see $1.67 million of the total $2.18 million project budget update infrastructure like storm sewers, water mains, underground electrical, street lighting and updates to sidewalks and intersections.

The remainder of the budget will be used for aesthetic additions like landscaping, trees, benches, irrigation, bike racks and bollards.

Local businesses have contributed $299,960 to these beautification plans, a move that Mayor Andrew Jakubeit thinks will help revitalize downtown.

"The investment and vision to re-energize downtown is coming to fruition as there has been significant private investment to encourage people to live, work and play in the heart of our city," Jakubeit said. 

The block will remain open to pedestrians throughout the expected four-month process, and will be open for business.

"This next phase in creating a more vibrant downtown will bring much needed upgrades to the 300 block, and the Downtown Penticton Association and the contractor will be working closely with area businesses and residents to ensure any disruptions or direct impacts are communicated and mitigated quickly," said DPA executive director Lynn Allin.

Construction will begin on Feb. 14, and barring weather delays, should be completed by June 15.

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