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Expect road closures, ‘significant disruption’ in Penticton amid new construction

Work on the city’s $10.5 million group of infrastructure will continue over the coming months
Construction for Penticton’s newest group of infrastructure projects will begin at the intersection of Pineview Drive and South Main Street on Monday, June 26. (Photo- City of Penticton)

Officials in Penticton say construction on the Point Intersection infrastructure project will bring road closures and delays to one of the city’s busiest intersections starting next week.

Crews will begin work on the high-traffic area of Pineview Road and South Main Street on Monday, June 26, causing “significant disruption throughout the area” through the coming months, according to the city.

“This upcoming work is the next step in a multi-step project that is designed to improve traffic flow and safety on a stretch of road that will only continue to get busier,” said Kristen Dixon, the city’s general manager of infrastructure. “With its large scope and broad geographical area, we know this will create some headaches in the short term but doing this work now as one project will minimize future disruptions and provide safe passage for all residents in the area.”

Work on the Point Intersection plan began in early May near Greenwood and Dartmouth drives. The $10.5 million group of projects aims at addressing traffic issues around South Main Street and other parts of the city.

It was approved by council in April despite coming in $3 million over budget.

Upcoming work will close the stretch of South Main Street between Kinney Avenue and Green Avenue during daytime construction hours, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Access will only be available to local residents.

New construction will also close traffic on Pineview Road between Dartmouth Drive and South Main Street.

“All drivers should watch for signage and traffic control personnel, with work planned to continue until the end of the construction season,” the city writes in a press release.

Work on the Point Intersection project includes the reconstruction of Galt Avenue for a new roundabout, among other traffic changes, as well as upgrades to sanitary, water and storm drainage utilities.

Once roundabout construction is complete, Kinney Avenue, between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street, will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic, converted to green space and used as part of the final phase of the lake-to-lake bike route.

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