The next phase of Penticton’s “point intersection” project on Skaha Lake Road will begin next week.

The project is part of ongoing work to partially complete the final section of the lake-to-lake bike path, as well as other traffic calming measures.

The work will require detours and is “expected to cause significant disruption in the coming months,” according to a city news release issued Monday.

Motorists traveling on Skaha Lake Road toward Galt Avenue should expect delays to allow for heavy machinery and digging during work hours.

“While we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on traffic during construction, this work must be performed along a major thoroughfare and will create challenges for motorists, residents and businesses,” said City Engineer Jonathan Chu.

“The goal of this project is to address traffic congestion and safety concerns throughout the area, while also upgrading aging underground infrastructure to ensure water, sewer and electrical systems operate efficiently for years to come.”

Northbound traffic along Skaha Lake Road will be detoured along McKenzie Street via Brandon Ave and McGraw Street, and southbound traffic south of Kinney Avenue will be reduced to a single lane of traffic to Brandon Avenue.W

The work will include upgrades to underground infrastructure and electrical wiring, milling and paving pavements, and installation of a signalized intersection at Skaha Lake Road and Galt Avenue.

“The city is notifying residents and businesses in the immediate area and reminding the public that all businesses throughout the area will be open as normal,” the press release says.

“To access commercial establishments, follow the posted signs and instructions from traffic personnel.”

The $10.5 million project, which includes the final stage of the lake-to-lake bike path and other nearby infrastructure and traffic-calming improvements, began in May 2023 and is expected to be fully completed by fall 2024. .