April 1st, 2009
Province and Kelowna Partner to develop Four-Lane Highway 33
Kelowna - The Province of British Columbia is partnering with the City of Kelowna on a $23.5 million project to widen Highway 33 to four lanes between Muir Road and Gallagher Road, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon and Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd announced today.
"With Kelowna's dramatic growth has come an increased demand on Highway 33, and now almost 12,000 vehicles a day use this section of the highway," said Falcon. "Widening this section of Highway 33 to four lanes will result in a safer commute for residents of the area, and improve traffic flow for travellers along this route."
"The improvements to Highway 33 are important to our transportation network and are vital to accommodate growth and improve safety along this corridor with the addition of widewalks and lighting," said Shepherd. "A significant portion of the city's $12-million investment will incorporate storm water management best practices to help better protect the quality of our creeks and streams."
Approximately 4.2 kilometers of Highway 33 will be widened between Muir Road and Gallagher Road. Intersections will be upgraded at Muir, Springfield, Toovey, Garner and Traut roads. The project will also include street lighting upgrades, bike lanes adjacent to the new four lanes, and sidewalks separated by a boulevard.
To improve safety for students attending Black Mountain Elementary school, full signals with dedicated left turn lanes in all directions will be added at the Highway 33 intersections with Gallagher Road and Loseth Road. Both sides of the highway will also have sidewalks.
The province is investing $11.5 million in the project and will be responsible for the road improvements. The City of Kelowna will cover the cost of curbing, sidewalks, landscaping and some utility improvements. Work is expected to begin in summer 2009, with completion in fall 2010. The project is estimated to create almost 150 direct jobs.
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