Project Background

Background
At the April 8, 2014 meeting, Council awarded a construction contract in the amount of $5.1 million to TT Contractors Ltd. to complete the Westlake Road Upgrade.  Read the report to Council (PDF).

The Westlake Project Presentation (PDF) proposed upgrade was presented at a February 13, 2014 open house to give the community and opportunity to see the plans and provide feedback.

The process has also included:
  • January 28, 2014: Council gave early budget approval to the $5.7 million project.
  • December 10, 2013: Staff presented Council with conceptual designs and cost estimates, which showed that phasing the project over several years would cost $6 million compared to $5.7 million to complete the project all at once.
  • January 1, 2013: Council had directed staff to proceed with the design of Westlake Road upgrades.
Purpose of the Project
Westlake Road was originally built as a rural street, with minimal shoulders, overland drainage and no defined pedestrian or cycling passage.

Meeting Transportation Needs

Today, Westlake Road carries significant local traffic and transit vehicles along its entire length, light to moderate pedestrian and cycling activity and, heavy commercial / industrial traffic between Highway 97 and Sussex Road. The route is the only access to Industrial Road and Stevens Road North and the Caledonia Way and Sussex Roads subdivisions. Westlake Road forms part of key transportation loops, with Horizon Drive and Parkinson Road and Bear Creek Road. The corridor supports significant traffic volumes traveling between the West Kelowna Industrial Park, West Kelowna Estates, Rose Valley Estates and Rose Valley Regional Park and Highway 97.

Meeting Growth Needs
The City of West Kelowna is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, with a population increase of 13.5%, between 2006 (27,214 people) and 2011 (30,892 people). Since 2011, West Kelowna's annual growth rate has been estimated at 1.25% (or approximately 31,670 people, by the end of 2013). Development cost charges are being used to assist with upgrade costs.

Meeting Fiscal Responsibility Needs

West Kelowna must plan strategically and budget carefully in order to keep taxes affordable and maintain healthy reserves. Before considering upgrades, Council weighed the need for Westlake Road Upgrades against all other capital projects required over the next 10 years.