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More Lake-to-Lake bike lane road closures and construction coming to Penticton

Construction on Duncan Avenue set to impact shoppers, traffic, pedestrians
Work on the Lake to Lake bike lane will begin on Duncan Avenue Sept. 6 disrupting traffic and pedestrians. (Map of bike route)

Construction of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route is set to begin on Duncan Avenue Tuesday, Sept. 6, which will affect residents and shoppers in the area during working hours, said the city.

Anyone travelling along Duncan Avenue between Fairview Road and Main Street can anticipate delays, partial road closures and detours while construction is underway. The work is expected to continue until Oct. 31. Traffic control will be there to help pedestrians and vehicles through the work zone.

The westbound lane of Duncan from Main Street toward Fairview Road will remain open during this time. However, the eastbound lane of Duncan Avenue will be closed to allow crews to install the protected bike lane and complete infrastructure upgrades.

A letter and fact sheet outlining the work has been mailed to residents and businesses in the area.

The daily hours of construction will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (no work on Sundays or statutory holidays.)

In addition to installing a protected bike lane, this project involves adding a new signalized intersection at Atkinson and Duncan as well as concrete work, installing catch basins, street lights and a cyclist-activated signal and pedestrian crossing at Baker St. to allow for safe passage across Duncan Ave.

Work on the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route closed Atkinson Street including the Atkinson Street Bridge and recently near Cherry Lane mall.

The contract for the construction, worth $4.1 million, was awarded to Grizzly Excavating, who built the previous phase of the project.

READ MORE: Penticton bike lane work closes Atkinson Street bridge

As part of the 2022 budget, $4.7 million was earmarked to be funded from the city’s electrical reserve.

The third route will travel from Fairview Road along Duncan Avenue, before turning back south to travel along Atkinson Street until Kinney Avenue.

A portion of Kinney Avenue between South Main and Skaha Lake Road near the Salvation Army thrift store will permanently close to fix the ‘awkward’ intersection there and reduce congestion.

READ MORE: Portion of Kinney Avenue in Penticton officially closing to ‘address congestion’

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Monique Tamminga

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Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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