It’s going to be a little cramped on Main Street later this spring as the Town of Osoyoos makes improvements to its storm sewer system.

The Town, working with the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be digging up the north side of Main Street between 85 St. and Park Place to place pipe that will move excessive rainfall to the lake.

“Likely as a result of climate change, the Town is experiencing more short duration, high intensity rainfall events than was typical in the past,” Jim Dinwoodie, the Town’s Director of Operational Services, told Council Monday afternoon.

“The project is designed to intercept storm water runoff from extreme rainfall events flowing both east and west on Highway No. 3 at 85th Street and divert it into a storm sewer system, which will take the storm water to Park Place and ultimately Osoyoos Lake.”

The project will include placing storm sewer pipe along Main Street, adding manholes and catch basins and finishing with some curb improvements in the form of “bump-outs” on all four corners of 85 Street.

 

“Traffic markings, pedestrian safety signage, and accessible wheelchair improvements complete this project,” Mr. Dinwoodie said.

The project, slated for March and April, will mean the temporary loss of parking spaces on the north side of Main Street between 85 Street and Spartan Drive — a block that contains Osoyoos Credit Union, Jojo’s Cafe, Westland Insurance and others.

“There will be digging along the parking areas along Main Street,” said Barry Romanko, the Town’s CAO. “There’ll be no parking on that side.”

“We are working to try and finish this by April 30, weather-dependent.”

The project was awarded Monday to Penticton-based H & M Excavating Ltd. at a cost of $630,459.80. The province, said Mr. Dinwoodie, has agreed to pay 50% of the cost.

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