KELOWNA – Residents who live in Kelowna’s Lower and Upper Mission areas are bracing themselves for a lengthy road closure that’s about to impact them for months.
Starting Tuesday morning, Lakeshore Road will be closed to all traffic between Lexington Drive and Cook Road.
The City of Kelowna will be replacing the aging bridge over Mission Creek. It will also be upgrading that section of road including the construction of a multi-use path and sidewalks. It will also be creating a roundabout at Lexington Drive. Utilities such as storm water and water mains will also be upgraded.
The road closure could last up to six months.
Traffic will be detoured onto Gordon Drive.
While area residents agree improvements are needed, many say it will be a long six months.
“It will have an impact on us. We live eight blocks away and I have a business downtown we drive on Lakeshore to get there,” says one local.
“Yeah it will be a long time especially when it will be so busy during summer time,” says another local.
Area businesses are also concerned. Most are expecting to take some kind of a hit including the Mission Superwash .
“We are taking a wait and see approach on it I think it will certainly challenging.” says Shaun Alexander.
The car wash is hoping people continue to support it despite the detour.
“It’s business as usual. Come on down. We have really nice facilities here. We are happy to get business even during construction,” says Alexander.