Bulb-outs like this one are being installed in key high pedestrian areas like Green Ave. and South Main. (Contributed)

Bulb-outs like this one are being installed in key high pedestrian areas like Green Ave. and South Main. (Contributed)

Traffic calming projects get underway in Penticton

Traffic bulb-outs, pedestrian crossings and curb installations part of pedestrian-friendly plan

Construction of a number of pedestrian crossing and traffic calming projects are getting underway this month and will be carried out throughout the summer in Penticton.

Residents can expect some traffic and access disruptions, said the city.

Notification of all access disruptions will be hand-delivered by H&M Excavating Ltd. to any affected dwelling 48 hours prior to any planned work.

“The City will take steps to avoid unscheduled emergency disruptions of utility services or property accesses, however work of this nature can cause unplanned disruptions. If these occur, we will take all steps necessary to provide prompt information to all affected parties and restore services and accesses as quickly as possible,” said the city’s engineer, Jonathan Chu.

Improvements that residents can expect to see include:

• Construction of a sidewalk on the north side of Churchill Avenue, between Power Street and Winnipeg Street.

• Safety improvements at the intersection of Ellis Street and Wade Avenue through upgraded lighting, sidewalk bulb-outs and the elimination of dedicated turn lanes to improve intersection and pedestrian safety.

• Construction of curb, gutter and sidewalk on both sides of Cossar Avenue.

• Construction of sidewalk bulb-outs and upgraded lighting at pedestrian crossings at Penticton and Edgewood Drive.

• Installation of overhead pedestrian signage and pedestrian activated flashers at the intersection of Naramata Road and Poplar Grove Road (KVR Trail).

• Installation of pedestrian activated rectangular rapid flashing beacons and improved lighting at Wiltse Blvd and Dartmouth Drive

• Construction of sidewalk bulb-outs and upgraded lighting at pedestrian crossings on Green Avenue, between South Main Street and Wilson Street.

The estimated construction start date is April 11, with most work being completed this summer.

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