McGill Road Utility Relocation Project

Roadway, Utilities
Extreme Excavating

Project Scope

The City of Kamloops has contracted Extreme Excavating Ltd to replace 250 m of water main, minor sanitary sewer work, and rehabilitate the asphalt between Columbia Street West and Dalhousie Drive.

Hours of Work

Work will begin August 14, with completion anticipated by fall 2020. Construction is scheduled to occur Monday through Friday, 7:00 am–5:30 pm, with some night and weekend work as required. 

Traffic Impacts

Motorists are advised of the posted 30 km/h speed throughout the construction zone and asked to use caution and courtesy when driving in the area and to utilize proper merging etiquette. Motorists and transit users should expect delays.

Effective September 1, all lanes of traffic west of the McGill Road/Summit Drive intersection will be reopened until approximately mid-September. 

Effective Thursday, August 27 until approximately the end of September, McGill Road will be closed eastbound between Summit Drive and Columbia Street. The north access into Superstore will have limited exit-only access onto McGill. Please use Summit Drive or Columbia Street as alternate routes and access. 

From September 20-25, McGill Road will be fully closed - both directions - from 8 pm to 6 am. Westbound lanes will reopen during the day from 6 am to 8 pm.

Transit Detour

Starting August 27 until approximately the end of September, Routes 7 and 9 will have temporary detours and the bus stop on the south side of McGill will be closed. 

From September 20-25, from 8 pm to 6 am, Routes 7 and 9 OUTBOUND will detour via Summit Drive, and the transit stop on the noth side of McGill will be closed. A temporary stop will be located on the west side of Columbia Street during these hours. 

Residents, Pedestrian and Business Access

Driveway accesses on the south side of McGill Road in this area will be impacted for short periods of time as the milling machine moves through. Traffic control personnel and signage will be in place to direct traffic and transit users. Bus stops and sidewalks remain open and accessible.

Pedestrian and vehicle access to Thompson Rivers University and businesses on McGill Road will be maintained throughout the project. While every attempt will be made to minimize the impact on businesses, residents, motorists, transit users, and pedestrians during construction, delays and congestion are inevitable and should be expected.

Other Information

The McGill Road Utility Relocation Project is being done in conjunction with a development at Thompson Rivers University, which requires relocating several City-owned utilities located in easements near the northwest corner of Summit Drive and McGill Road. Extreme Excavating is in the process of completing this work. As the City has additional infrastructure renewal needs in the directly adjacent corridor, completing the City’s work in conjunction with the university's work will be more efficient; utilize cost-saving measures; and minimize the impact to residents, businesses, and motorists in this area. The utility relocation works are funded entirely by the university.

The McGill Road Utility Relocation Project is not a complete rehabilitation of McGill Road. The City is updating the McGill Corridor Land Use Plan in 2021, which will guide ongoing redevelopment of the area. The plan involves an in-depth study of the corridor to guide future decisions on transportation and road elements, active transportation needs, and other corridor enhancements.