$4 Million Grant Advances Active Transportation in Kamloops
Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops is pleased to be the recipient of a $4-million grant through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, which will go toward important cycling, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure to better connect our city.
The grant was announced today by Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. The funding will help to fast track active transportation and accessibility priorities in Kamloops, namely the Summit-Downtown Active Transportation Connection. This project, which was originally scheduled to be completed in two stages—the Summit portion in 2021/2022 and the 6th Avenue portion in 2023/2024—will start later this year.
The Summit-Downtown connection includes two components that will create key connections in the City’s active transportation network. The Summit Multi-Use Path is a 850 m, 3 m-wide, separated pathway with lighting upgrades and traffic signal installation that will connect the south end (top) of the Xget’tem’ Trail at Notre Dame Drive to the Summit Drive bike lane at Whiteshield Crescent South. The north end of the Xget’tem’ Trail will be connected to the Lansdowne Transit Exchange via Kamloops’ first two-way protected bike lane along 6th Avenue, which will be 560 m in length.
This project is part of the North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor, a continuous bicycle route from Aberdeen to Batchelor Heights. Future phases of this corridor include cycling infrastructure between Aberdeen and Upper Sahali along Highway 5A and connections from Batchelor Heights to Westmount, which are prioritized in the City’s Transportation Master Plan.
“We are encouraged by this significant commitment from the provincial and federal governments to help make our city more cycling, pedestrian, and transit friendly,” commented Purvez Irani, the City’s Transportation Manager. “This project will make it easier and safer for residents to travel and access transit using active transportation modes between several neighbourhoods, including Upper and Lower Sahali, the Downtown, and the North Shore.”
To learn more about the Downtown-Summit Active Transportation Connection and subscribe for updates, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/SummitDowntown.
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