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Westside to roll out fancy wine barrels

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Public art or driving distraction?

Decorative wine barrels like these ones near Kelowna’s airport will be installed in the middle of two West Kelowna traffic roundabouts on a soon-to-reopen section of the Wine Route, otherwise known as Boucherie Road.

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Westside to roll out fancy wine barrels

Ron Seymour

Nov 26, 2018

Public art or driving distraction?

Decorative wine barrels like these ones near Kelowna’s airport will be installed in the middle of two West Kelowna traffic roundabouts on a soon-to-reopen section of the Wine Route, otherwise known as Boucherie Road.

Twenty large wine barrels will be fixed inside two roundabouts when a rebuilt section of Boucherie Road in West Kelowna re-opens in early December.

The barrels, intended to be a landscaping decoration, will feature the names and logos of all the wineries located along Boucherie Road.

“Barrels for the feature have been donated by local wineries that are part of the Westside Wine Trail Association,” reads part of a staff report going to West Kelowna city council on Tuesday.

“With 20 barrels required for the two features, all 13 wine trail members will have their logos displayed on the barrels with sufficient room for new future wineries,” the report states.

The barrels will be placed inside the roundabouts at the intersections of Boucherie Road and Anders Road, and Boucherie Road and Hudson Road.

City staff say the $7.3 million project has “gone very well” and the 1.3 km section of Boucherie Road between Stuart Road and Ogden Road should be fully re-open to drivers by Dec. 7, three weeks later than originally anticipated when work began in the spring.

As well as the rebuilding of the vehicle lanes, the project included underground utility works, new sidewalks, bike lanes, 80 new trees, retaining walls, and other landscaping features.

The two roundabouts were added because they are said to be safer than traditional intersections controlled only by stop signs.

“With the volume of traffic currently using Boucherie Road on a daily basis, one-way traffic flow and angled entry lanes into the roundabouts have reduced the probability of collisions at these key intersections,” the staff report says.

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