Lake Country’s Lodge Road open

Major upgrades to Lake Country’s Lodge Road were completed during late August, a week ahead of schedule.

Major upgrades to Lake Country’s Lodge Road were completed during late August, a week ahead of schedule.

The work included a roundabout at the intersection of Bottom Wood Lake Road and Lodge Road, bike lanes, a sidewalk and a pedestrian bridge at Vernon Creek.

“The Lodge Road transportation corridor serves to improve accessibility and connect neighborhoods with schools, parks and our downtown core,” said Mayor James Baker.

“The project considered various user types.  It is one of the first steps, with more to come, in building a vibrant and active community.”

A major thrust behind the project was the 2010 death of a 15-year-old girl who was walking along Bottom Wood Lake Road and struck by a vehicle.

“The community has suffered some tragic pedestrian fatalities in recent years which have served to galvanize our community in supporting efforts to improve the safety of transportation routes – particularly for vulnerable users,” said Greg Buchholz, operations manager.

“We are very happy today to cut the ribbon on a project that improves safety for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicle traffic and which connects residential neighborhoods to schools and parks.”

Funding for the $1.5 million project came from the federal and provincial governments, as well as the municipality.