A safe and efficient cycling route to UBCO is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.
On Monday November 10th 2014, the Government of Canada, the Province of B.C., and the City of Kelowna announced the $11.6 million expansion of John Hindle Drive. The expansion on the final phase of John Hindle Drive will increase options for students, staff, and visitors wishing to access the UBC Okanagan campus.
Phase one of the John Hindle Drive project was completed in early 2014, and involved the extension of John Hindle Drive from Glenmore Road to the regional landfill site.
This next phase of the John Hindle Drive project consists of a 1.6-kilometer two-lane roadway extension of the current John Hindle Drive. This roadway will connect Highway 97 to Glenmore Road and the UBCO campus. In additional to this project is the construction of a multi-use paved pathway for pedestrians and cyclists from Glenmore Road to Hollywood Road roundabout at Highway 97 near UBCO.
“This new route will help support students, faculty, and staff at UBCO and the Glenmore community, as well as relieve congestion and also contribute to the long-term economic growth of the region.” said Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country.
The Government of Canada will contribute $3.5 million dollars through the Building Canada Fund, the province of British Columbia is providing $3.5 million, and the City of Kelowna is investing $4.6 million towards the project.
“We are excited to see this important multi-modal connection to UBC Okanagan move forward.” said Kelowna Mayor, Walter Gray. “The John Hindle Drive extension is a Council priority and has been in our long-term road network planning for many years. We acknowledge the collaborative effort of our partners, especially the provincial and federal governments. Our thanks also to the citizens and staff for creating something of great value for our community. Investment in multiple modes of transportation is so important to our continued community growth and quality of life.”