Added to the City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan in 1995, the South Perimeter Way (SPW) was ultimately identified for construction closer to the end of the decade.
As a piece of the City’s important transportation infrastructure, a proposal to advance construct SPW as a design-build alternative was presented to the City of Kelowna by Ponds Ventures Inc., one of the developers of The Ponds neighbourhood in Kelowna’s Upper Mission.
The South Perimeter Way project involved the construction of approximately 2.7km of a two-lane road, a separated gravel multi-use path, and a crossing over Bellevue Creek. Gordon Drive was extended approximately 350m south to meet a new intersection with South Perimeter Way, which connects on the other side to Stewart Road West. The work included clearing, excavating, bulk fills, earthworks, drilling and blasting, drainage, and construction of a 15m span multi-plate arch, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) headwalls, and wing walls at Bellevue Creek.
In addition to the standard construction challenges, Arthon also had important environmental and community considerations. Work commenced in mid-March of 2021, substantially completed in December 2022, and accepted and opened to the public by the City of Kelowna in early April 2023.
South Perimeter Way was unique as a design-build project, which had never been undertaken in the history of the City of Kelowna. The success of this project was achieved due to the commitment and collaboration with the City of Kelowna to ensure this project was delivered safely and efficiently.
Arthon respectfully acknowledges that this project was located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people.