Update 3:15 pm:
The planned closure of Kalamalka Lake Road between Browne Road and the Vernon city boundary (Phase 2 of the Kalamalka Lake Road – Okanagan Rail Trail Project) has been put off until late spring 2018.
The current work on Phase 1 (4th Ave to Browne Road) is expected to be wrapped up by the end of August.
The full project was originally scheduled to be complete by late October 2017.
In order to complete Phase 2 of the project, BC Hydro poles need to be relocated along Kalamalka Lake Road. Work on the project was delayed when BC Hydro crews responded to the state of emergency in the province. Crews from BC Hydro will continue to relocate poles in preparation for the next phase of construction in the spring.
The City expects substantial completion of Phase 1 of the Kalamalka Lake Road – Okanagan Rail Trail project by mid-August, and pole relocation completion by mid-September.
Minimal disruption to traffic, including lane closure and possible single-lane alternating traffic, is expected this year.
12 pm story:
BC Hydro crews will start their work to relocate power poles on Kalamalka Lake Road on Tuesday Aug. 8.
Spokesman Dag Sharman says it’s part of the City’s adding of a multi use path from 14th Avenue to the Alpine Centre.
“We estimate BC Hydro’s work on both phase one and phase two will take approximately 6 weeks from Tuesday, August 8, roughly three weeks for each phase,” Sharman tells Kiss FM. “Having said that, should the emergency situation significantly worsen in the province, BC Hydro will be there to help people in fire-affected communities, and that could impact our resources for this and other projects.”
The City is still determining when the full road closure from Browne Road to the city boundary will start, but once it does, that portion is expected to be closed to traffic until the end of October.
Sharman says their work does not require a full closure, but single lane closures at times.