A plan to overhaul traffic flow through a portion of downtown Kamloops is being postponed after an unsuccessful tendering process.
The estimated $1.8-million project was meant to realign First Avenue, Lorne Street and the Lansdowne Street intersection to allow full north and south traffic and a connection from Riverside Park to the downtown core.
Tenders for the realignment project closed on July 10 with a lone bid amounting to $400,000 more than the estimated budget.
The situation led public works and utilities director Tracy Kyle to recommend that council scrap the project until 2014.
“Should council elect to proceed with the project, the tender would be issued earlier in 2014 to encourage more competitive pricing,” wrote Kyle in her recommendation.
The Lansdowne Street resurfacing project from First to Third Avenue will be completed as scheduled, however.
Council will decide on the fate of the street realignment plan during Tuesday’s public meeting.
It was the fourth phase of a planned revitalization for the downtown area.
The first phase consisted of an electrical upgrade, including street and pedestrian lighting, to Lorne Street from Lansdowne Street to Third Avenue.
The second improved road, sidewalk and utility upgrades including the new Lorne Street roundabout.
The third phase, which wrapped up in 2012, included the water feature at Heritage House, trees, and boulevard and median shrubbery.
The cost for all phases of the project was estimated at $4.3 million with taxpayers footing approximately $1.1 million of the bill.