A weekly update from the Downtown Penticton Association (DPA) has the current construction in the 300-block of Main Street on schedule.
The project plan involves upgrading the street’s surface and underground services with new asphalt, raised intersection, sidewalks, curbs, water mains, storm sewers, street lighting, traffic signals and underground electrical.
Street beautification features — including vendor power, trees, landscaping, irrigation, benches, bike racks and intersection bollards — will be included as well.
The scheduled completion date for the $2.2-million project is June 15.
According to Mayor Andrew Jakubeit the property owners along the 300-block are contributing almost $300,000 to the streetscape and pedestrian experience improvements.
The area remains open for business, and according to DPA executive director Lynn Allin, many businesses have opened their backdoors for easier access for customers and there is also free parking in some areas of the downtown.
She added temporary lighting will be put up later this week and the street lights will be turned off.
“We are asking for the business owners to keep inside lights on after closing to help keep the area a little brighter after dark,” she said in her report.
Allin added that even with the fencing in place, there is still room on the sidewalks for people to move safely.
She also advised there will be a water shutoff Thursday, March 12 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.