The intersection of Kinney Avenue and South Main Street in Penticton. (Photo- Google Street View)

The intersection of Kinney Avenue and South Main Street in Penticton. (Photo- Google Street View)

Penticton looks to internally borrow over $2 million to fix awkward intersection

The city wants to remove the ‘traffic bottleneck’ at Kinney Avenue and South Main Street

An awkward Penticton intersection needs to be reworked, according to the city, who hopes its vision for Kinney Avenue and South Main Street does more than just benefit those in vehicles.

The city is looking to borrow up to $2.2 million from an electric surplus reserve to rebuild the intersection at South Main and Skaha Lake Road to remove the traffic bottleneck on the short section of Kinney.

Sandwiched in between a gas station and the local Salvation Army, the city is hoping to integrate the lake-to-lake bike lane into the short section of the road.

The project also involves the upgrade of Galt Avenue, which will be paid for through inter-fund borrowing.

Along with the reworking of the intersection, city staff will seek council approval on Tuesday, June 21, to borrow $5 million for the next phase of its bike lane project and for the construction of a new building at the fire hall.

“The Penticton Fire Department requires a new two-bay building at Fire Hall 202 for fire truck storage,” staff writes in its proposal to council.

Council will also be asked to approve the borrowing of funds for Section No. 2 of the lake-to-lake project, which will see a new divided bike lane along Duncan Avenue, Atkinson Avenue and Kinney Avenue.

The city is seeking to borrow up to $4.7 million for the bike lane and $500,000 for the construction of the new fire hall.

READ MORE: Next phase of Penticton’s Lake-to-Lake bike lane begins


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