Airport Way widening begins at YLW

July 25, 2018
News release

On July 31, preliminary work will begin to prepare for the widening of Airport Way at Kelowna International Airport (YLW). This necessary work includes the removal of trees and shrubs, which will be replaced with new landscaping once the project is complete in fall 2018.

YLW does not anticipate any significant impacts to vehicle traffic and there will be no impact to flights at YLW.

The widening of Airport Way is the first phase of a multi-phase initiative, as outlined in YLW’s 2045 Master Plan, to improve access to and from the Airport to meet the needs of the growing region. 

Construction in 2018 will include the addition of a westbound lane on Airport Way between Highway 97 and the Okanagan Rail Trail, a paved sidewalk, new native shrubs and LED street lighting.  

A future phase of construction will focus on improving traffic circulation and safety within the Airport lands by constructing a roundabout on Airport Way at Lochrem Road with access to the terminal, tenant properties, long-term parking and Airport Plaza. 

In 2017, YLW served 1.89 million passengers, an increase of 9.3 per cent over 2016. Nearly every month in 2017 saw tremendous growth, ranging from 2 to 22 per cent. 

YLW thanks passengers, residents and motorists for their patience during this important infrastructure improvement.

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