News from Kamloops

May 12, 2015

Award of Construction Contract – Columbia Street Widening Project

Kamloops, B.C. Today, City Council authorized awarding of the 2015 Columbia Street Widening Project contract to BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. in the amount of $2.675 million.  BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. was the lowest compliant bidder.  A total of three tenders were received by the City.

The Columbia Street project will include the addition of left-turn bays at 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Avenues and the closure of the 2nd Avenue median.  Also, included are utility relocations, signal and lighting improvements, pedestrian upgrades, centre medians and landscaping.

Construction may begin as soon as May 19th, starting with the relocation of a major BC Hydro switch box, which will necessitate the closure of 4th Avenue at Columbia Street for up to one month.  The work will require trenching across 4th Avenue at two locations – 4th Avenue at Columbia Street, and just south of the alleyway (between Columbia Street and Nicola Street) that crosses 4th Avenue.  The work will also entail trenching across Columbia Street.  On Columbia Street, two lanes will be kept open (one each direction).  However, 4th Avenue, between Columbia Street and the alleyway, will be closed to all traffic.  During the closure of 4th Avenue, transit buses that access Columbia Street from 4th Avenue will be rerouted.

“The BC Hydro relocates are much more complex than had been originally anticipated,” says Darren Crundwell, Capital Projects Manager.  “The third party utility relocations need to be completed in order to facilitate the road widening component of the project.”

The City will utilize social media, road signage, radio and print ads, the City’s website and other means to inform the public of anticipated delays and lane closures. Visit for weekly traffic updates.  Commuters may want to consider using alternate routes or other modes of transportation, such as cycling, walking, transit or carpooling.

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Media Contact:
Darren Crundwell, Capital Projects Manager
City of Kamloops