Kamloops, BC - Extreme Excavating Ltd. will begin the City’s McGill Road Utility Relocation Project on Friday, August 14. The $1.4 million project involves the replacement of 450m of water main, minor sanitary sewer work, and rehabilitation of the asphalt between Columbia Street and Dalhousie Drive. Project completion is anticipated by fall 2020.
On Friday, August 14, from 7 am until approximately early afternoon, crews will be milling/removing pavement along the south side of McGill Road between University Drive (east entrance) and Columbia Street in preparation for the water main replacement. Motorists and transit users travelling eastbound should expect short delays. Bus stops and sidewalks remain open and accessible. Driveway accesses on the south side of McGill Road in this area will be impacted for short periods as the milling machine moves through. Traffic Control Personnel and signage will be in place to direct traffic and transit users.
Over two evenings, Sunday, August 16 and Monday, August 17, crews will be working in the intersection of McGill Road and Summit Drive to install the new water main. In accordance with an approved City noise variance for the project, work will take place from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. We apologize to residents in the vicinity of the night work for the inconvenience. All trenches will be backfilled and prepared for traffic at the end of each night shift.
During the night work, the intersection traffic signals will remain in operation. Traffic Control Personnel will also be present to assist traffic. Detours for traffic and transit will be in place. To view the detour maps, go to Kamloops.ca/McGill.
Starting Wednesday, August 19 for approximately ten days, crews will continue installation of the water main on the south side of McGill Road across from University Drive. One lane of traffic eastbound and two lanes westbound will be maintained. The Landmark Centre McGill Road access will be periodically closed. 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.
Throughout the McGill Road Utility Relocation Project, the City will work closely with essential service providers, including Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance Service, the RCMP and Kamloops Transit, to ensure service is maintained through the construction area. Pedestrian and vehicle access to Thompson Rivers University and local businesses 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.
The City will use roadside message boards, radio and print ads, social media, and its website to keep residents informed of anticipated delays, lane closures, and other traffic disruptions.
The McGill Road Utility Relocation Project is being done in conjunction with a development at Thompson Rivers University which requires the relocation of several City-owned utilities located in easements near the northwest corner of Summit Drive and McGill Road. Extreme Excavating is currently 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 developer’s work will help to utilize efficiency and cost-saving measures and to minimize the impact to residents, businesses and motorists in this area. The utility relocation works are funded entirely by the developer.
The McGill Road Utility 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.
Questions regarding the McGill Road Utility Relocation Project can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-828-3461.