Pelmewash Parkway project team

What can I expect regarding traffic delays during the construction?

As with any construction project, there will be some inevitable and unavoidable disruption and we will work hard to reduce the impact as much as possible:

  • Expect periods of single-lane alternating traffic and up to 20 minute delays on Pelmewash Parkway.
  • Construction speed zone limited to 20 km/hr
  • Alternate routes via Hwy 97 or Oyama Road are recommended.  
  • Certain road access restrictions will be in place to keep the public safe and allow the contractor to complete the work as quickly as possible in order to minimize disruption.
  • Flag personnel, fencing, signage and barricades will be put in place to restrict access to the work zone. 
  • Road access for residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the construction period although driveway access may be restricted at times for specific work.
  • The contractor will return the traffic flow to two-way at the end of each work day; and will avoid working on weekends unless required. 
  • Detours and signage will be displayed so alternative routes can be taken to avoid the area of construction. Oyama Road along the east side of Wood Lake and Hwy 97 will likely be the best routing choices for you to avoid the construction zone and any travel delays.

Thank you for your courteous cooperation with direction from flaggers during the construction. Feel free to give them a wave and a smile. 

  • Key stakeholders potentially impacted have been advised (e.g. BC Transit, SD 23, WALC, local farmers, waste collection contractor, truckers from gravel pit operations) there will be single-lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minute delays. 
  • A neighbourhood meeting was held March 26 with the contractor, District staff and residents/businesses along the Pelmewash Parkway corridor that will be directly affected daily by the project to share the plans and contact info.

 

With construction on Pelmewash Parkway starting in April, does that mean the District of Lake Country now owns Pelmewash Parkway?

The transfer is scheduled to occur at the end of August and the plan has always been to complete the improvement works in advance of the transfer; and this is included in the agreement between the District of Lake Country and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

What about rock fall concerns expressed by some residents at the neighbourhood meeting in Oyama March 26th?

Rockfall potential was assessed during the design process and measures will be incorporated into phase 1 construction. This includes increasing the width and depth of rockfall catchment areas where recommended. Additionally consideration was given to locating the multi-use path along the lakeside of the corridor, further away from the rock cuts. 

 

Who is paying for this work and how much is it costing?

$3 million is the budgeted cost for Phase I of the Pelmewash Parkway construction project in 2018 which is being paid from district Capital Works Reserve ($850,000), provincial government ($1 million), federal Gax Tax Fund ($750,000) and the District’s Transportation for Tomorrow funds ($400,000).  

 

Will there be speed humps for traffic calming?

Traffic calming measures will be implemented in phase 1 construction to reduce vehicle speed and discourage commercial trucks from using the route to bypass the hillside alignment on Highway 97.

Traffic calming measures:

  • will not include speed bumps
  • will include other measures such as road narrowing, horizontal alignment changes (chicanes) along with gateway features, landscape enhancements and pedestrian crosswalks.

 

Will there be a motorized boat launch area along Pelmewash Parkway?

Construction of a designated motorized boat launch area intended for small fishing boats is expected to be completed in phase 1 construction, pending environmental approvals. Additionally, work is underway to improve access and parking at the existing motorized boat launch area at the north-east corner of Wood Lake.

 

What if I have some specific questions, who can I talk to and where can I find out more info?

A Traffic Management Plan and Communications Plan have been developed and are being implemented. Signage and flaggers will be on site. Regular updates will be provided on the District website and social media as well as through traditional media. Citizens are encouraged to subscribe to road construction email updates via www.lakecountry.bc.ca 

Project information can also be found on a GIS mapping web app that is available to everyone at www.lakecountry.bc.ca/projects (This is a new work in progress for us, so please let us know what you think. We want to make more project information available to citizens in an interactive format.)

Please contact the Project Management Team should you have any concerns about the project or wish to discuss anything in greater detail:

·         District of Lake Country: Steve Petryshyn, DLC Project Manager email: spetryshyn@lakecountry.bc.ca  phone: 250-864-0160

·         Consulting Engineering Firm – WSP Group: Nelson Chapman, Contract Administrator / Site Inspector  email: nelson.chapman@wsp.com  phone: 250-469-7725

·         Contractor – Pyramid Excavating Corp: Scott Unser, Site Superintendent email: scottunser@shaw.ca  phone: 250-864-1709