WATCH: Kelowna’s Lakeshore Road to finally re-open

KELOWNA — On time and on budget. That’s the word from the City of Kelowna about a major road and bridge project in the city’s Lower Mission area.

Lakeshore Road near Mission Creek closed at the end of May to accommodate the construction of a new bridge.

Now, after the six month closure, the project is nearing completion.

“It is opening end of November,” says the City of Kelowna’s Purvez Irani. Irani is with the city’s design and construction department.

He says the 11.5 million dollar project also includes the addition of sidewalks, bike lanes, new streetscaping, a roundabout and underground utility work.

The improvements affect Lakeshore Road between Lexington Drive and Cook Road.

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Nearby business operators are delighted to hear the project is on time.

“Oh just joy and happiness, yeah it has been a long six months,” says business owner, Cathy Biagi.

Biagi owns Ritchcraft Gallery and Framing and admits sales dipped at least 30 per cent during the lengthy road closure.

“It was slow for a little while, kind of dirty and gritty but seeing it come together now, we are all optimistic,” says Biagi.

The 740 metres of road being worked on will still need a top layer of asphalt.

If the weather stays cold, that work may not get done until the spring but regardless whether it’s done now or later, the road will re-open by the end of this month.