The foot of Main Street during the ITU race in the summer that shows the bollards and raised intersections. The City of Penticton announced construction will continue in the 300 block of Main Street on Feb. 14 for upgrades. Western News file photo

Construction to begin in 300 block of Main Street

The City of Penticton said upgrades to the downtown will continue later this month

Construction in the 300-block of Main Street will limit access to pedestrians as the City of Penticton moves forward with service and surface improvements.

Work is expected to get started on Feb. 14 on the project which involves spending just over $1.6 million of the total $2.185 million budget on upgrading the street’s surface and underground services with new asphalt, raised intersections, sidewalks, curbs, water mains, storm sewers, street lighting, traffic signals and underground electrical. According to the City of Penticton remaining portion of the budget, representing $464,000 (or 22 per cent of the total cost) will go towards street beautification features including vendor power, trees, landscaping, irrigation, benches, bike racks and bollards.

Related: Main Street revitalization continues

“While the city is upgrading infrastructure both under and above ground, the property owners along the 300 block are also contributing $299,960 to the streetscape and pedestrian experience improvements resulting in a cost effective way to continue the revitalization of downtown,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “The investment and vision to re-energize downtown is coming to fruition as there has been significant private investment to encourage people to live, work and play in the heart of our city.”

Businesses will remain open during the work, as pedestrian access will be available in the 300 block of Main Street. Construction is scheduled to be complete by June 15, barring any setbacks related to weather delays.

“This next phase in creating a more vibrant downtown will bring much needed upgrades to the 300 block and the Downtown Penticton Association will be closely collaborating with the city and business owners to ensure clear communications,” said DPA executive director, Lynn Allin. “We want everyone to know that the 300 block will be open for business through the construction period.”

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