Questions and Answers
- Sidewalks will be installed on Stevens Road from Dominion Road to Westlake Road
- Bicycle lanes will be added to both sides of Shannon Lake Road
- As part of the project, bike lanes and sidewalks will be extended from the east of the Shannon Lake Road bridge over McDougall Creek. The new sidewalks and bike lanes will connect to the existing sidewalks and bike lanes that extend to the Crystal Springs community along the south side of Shannon Lake Road.
What is the project scope?
The project includes construction of a roundabout at the Shannon Lake-Bartley-Stevens intersection and adding sidewalks and bike lanes in the Shannon Lake active transportation corridor. The entire project is valued at $6.15 million and is funded through Development Cost Charges and provincial and federal grants.
How was the design determined?
There have been several Traffic Impact Assessments (TIA's) completed for this intersection, in conjunction with an analysis of the Shannon Lake-Bartley-Stevens Roads intersection.
These TIAs directly contributed to the design and development of the roundabout and active transportation upgrades. A third-party traffic consultant collected and analyzed all recent traffic data related to safety, capacity needs and latent demand.
How is the project being funded?
The project is funded through a combination of provincial and federal grants and Development Cost Charges.
What is a Development Cost Charge?
Municipalities and regional districts levy development cost charges on new development to pay for new or expanded infrastructure such as sewer, water, drainage, parks and roads necessary to adequately service the demands of that new development.
Will the intersection close during construction?
We anticipate crews will begin construction of the roundabout in early to mid-September and be complete by December 2021, subject to weather conditions and other factors. As part of construction, the Shannon Lake-Bartley-Stevens intersection will be periodically closed. Technical considerations, safety and efficiencies of the project are the main reasons for temporary closures of the intersection.
More information about detour routes and intersection closures will be announced closer to the start of construction. The contractor is developing a Traffic Management Plan which the City will review and approve prior to lane closures. Advanced notice will be provided to the public prior to any intersection closures.
How far will the sidewalks/bike lanes go on Shannon Lake Road?
We are investing in the community to build a brighter future. Improving pedestrian and cycling access in the Shannon Lake active transportation corridor will provide a key connection to the West Kelowna Business Park.
Why is the project being completed in two phases?
With a project of this size, the best way to keep traffic moving and avoid road closures at the intersection is to complete it in two phases. The first phase involves construction of a retaining wall, relocating underground and overhead utilities and partial construction of the roundabout.
Phase two includes the remaining construction of the roundabout and extending sidewalks and bike lanes east of Dominion Road to Westlake Road.
How will I access my property on Lenz Road?
Access to Lenz Road will be maintained during the temporary closure of Shannon Lake Road. Depending on construction activities and the location of the work, Lenz Road residents may be required to detour via Old Okanagan Hwy.
Local traffic, transit and emergency services will continue to access the area. Please follow the directions of traffic control personnel and drive through this area with care to help keep workers safe.