It will be a little trickier getting around Royal Inland Hospital as site preparation begins for the new clinical services building.
Starting next week:
* The east staircase used to connect RIH to Ponderosa Lodge will be closed and later removed for excavation work.
* The sidewalk in front of Ponderosa Lodge on Columbia Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue will be closed. All foot traffic will be rerouted to the main staircase and walkway on the west side of the hospital, at Columbia and Third.
* Vehicle access to the hospital remains unchanged for now.
* The Ponderosa parking lot for visitors and staff will be closed for about eight weeks. Arrangements for temporary parking have been made. Ask at Ponderosa reception for more information.