Victoria Street West Improvements Project Moves to a 24-Hour Construction Schedule

Release date: 
May 24, 2019

On Sunday, May 26, Extreme Excavating will initiate a 24-hour construction schedule for the Victoria Street West Improvements Project. Since the launch of this project, construction work has been implemented in 12-hour shifts, 7:00 am–7:00 pm. Moving to a 24-hour schedule for the next 6–8 weeks will allow Extreme and the City to shorten the duration of these complex infrastructure improvements, with a target completion of summer 2020.

“In the initial stages of planning, it was felt that this project would be complete by winter 2020. However, Extreme Excavating has been very innovative in helping us identify ways to shorten the duration of construction and thereby minimize the impact on the businesses affected and on commuting traffic,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “This move to a 24-hour construction schedule for the next six to eight weeks will allow work to proceed much faster and ultimately will shorten the initial duration of the project by four to six months, bringing the target project completion to summer 2020.”

All of the resources and planning are in place to meet the milestone dates set out in the construction schedule. Night work will begin on the evening of Sunday, May 26. During daytime hours, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. Decisions regarding a switch to single-lane, alternating traffic during evening hours will be made by Extreme as the night work progresses.

Project Stages:

Stage 1 work continues and will overlap with Stage 2 work until approximately the end of July 2019.

Stage 1 construction is taking place between 1st Avenue and the centre island at Seymour Street West/Victoria Street West. Current Stage 1 traffic flow patterns will remain in place, and transit and emergency services vehicles will continue to receive priority routing around the Stage 1 construction zone.

Stage 2 will encompass the Victoria Street West corridor from Seymour Street West near BCLC’s upper parking lot entrance to just west of Boomers Automotive near the Overlanders Bridge.

All businesses along the Victoria Street West corridor are open and accessible, including those located within Stage 1 below BCLC and those located on both sides of the road within Stage 2.

Please be courteous and allow motorists exiting from businesses, parkades, and on-street parking stalls to merge into traffic. Motorists are reminded of the posted 30 km/h speed limit throughout the construction zone and are asked to use caution and courtesy when driving in the area and utilize proper zipper merging etiquette. Please obey all traffic control devices and personnel.

To view project staging plans, Stage 1 business access map, traffic webcams, construction photos, and more, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/VictoriaWest.