July 11, 2014 1:41 pm

West Kelowna’s Gellatly Road reopens Saturday


WEST KELOWNA – Traffic will start to flow this weekend on a main arterial road in West Kelowna more than two months after it was closed for emergency repairs.

Gellatly Road from Witt Road to Angus Drive was closed May 2nd, and a local state of emergency was declared, due to the possibility parts of it would collapse because of erosion from Smith Creek which runs next to the road.

There were also fears a sewage line could be washed out with effluent getting into Okanagan Lake.

The completed works include:

· Asphalt paving and curbing

· Placement of concrete barriers

· Re-instatement of bus stop

· Line painting

· Ditch work and clean-up

· 1,800 mm diameter culvert in creek bed

· Placement of fill material to stabilize embankments on both side of Smith Creek

· Bracing of overhead power lines

The work cost about $1.3 million with a third of that covered by the provincial Emergency Management Fund.

With the reopening of Gellatly Road on Saturday, the speeds bumps on the detour route along Carrall and Witt Roads will be removed.

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