The City of West Kelowna's transportation network consists of 261 kilometres of roads, 65 kilometres of sidewalks and paved pathways, 21 kilometres of multi-use trails, six kilometres of signed, shared use bicycle paths and two kilometres of dedicated bike lanes.
The annual cost of improving this system is a staggering $5.4 million - a price tag, which would lead to significant tax increases, borrowing or drains on reserves.
The purpose of the Transportation Master Plan is to assist the City of West Kelowna in managing the existing system effectively to extend its usable life and to prioritize those improvements that are needed most.
In addition to the capital costs of the transportation network, the City of West Kelowna's roads cost $1.73 million annually to maintain, including snow and ice control, pothole filling and crack sealing, street sweeping, guardrail and bridge maintenance and other related costs.
Goals and Objectives
The Transportation Master Plan has three long term goals:
Enhance mobility by providing reasonable transportation choices to all residents
Enhance economic vitality by providing transportation choices to all businesses
Promote healthy and environmentally responsible transportation choices.
The plan also has four key objectives:
Adopt a road network plan to meet the needs of the city;
Adopt capital plan to meet intersection capacity needs into the future;
Improve connectivity of pedestrian network
Work with BC Transit, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and adjacent governments to provide for the growing needs of the community
The City of West Kelowna's Transportation Master Plan includes three general descriptions and provided high level designs for the classification of roads throughout the municipality.
Roads classifications and their purposes are identified as:
Efficiently accommodate relatively high traffic volumes
Provide continuous routes through and across neighbourhoods
Allow little or no direct access to adjacent properties
Generally restrict on-street parking
Efficiently accommodate traffic among local neighbourhoods and business areas