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Construction set for Fifth Street, Harmston Avenue

  • Apr. 30, 2018 5:45 a.m.

Construction has begun at the intersection of 5th Street and Harmston Avenue.

Construction will occur between Fitzgerald Avenue and Menzies Avenue and will wrap up in October 2018. Work will occur Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The contractor, Copcan Civil Ltd., will strive to minimize disturbances during construction.

Construction will include a substantial overhaul of above-ground and below-ground infrastructure. Once completed, the project will improve the street’s walking and cycling infrastructure. Along with new landscaping, other proposed improvements include innovative stormwater management through the installation of rain gardens throughout the corridor.

The contractor will start work at the intersection of Harmston Avenue and 5th Street and will work west along 5th Street to Menzies Avenue. Residents should take alternate routes to avoid delays.

Vehicle access to the businesses on 5th Street from Fitzgerald Avenue will remain open during the Harmston Avenue intersection closure.

During the first month of work, construction will include:

• Daily closures of the 5th Street and Harmston Avenue intersection starting this week. Traffic and pedestrian detours will be set up around the work area. The intersection will be opened up during the evening. The daily closures will be in effect for approximately one week while manholes are installed.

• Storm sewer will be installed along the south lane of 5th Street between Harmston Avenue and Menzies Avenue. During this time there will be lane closures along 5th Street. Detours will be set up as necessary.

• As work progresses, asphalt will be removed from the roadway between Harmston Avenue and Menzies Avenue and will be left as compacted gravel until the final asphalt is placed later in the summer. Dust suppression will occur to limit impacts to surrounding properties.

As work progresses over the coming weeks, updates on what to expect during the next phase of construction will be provided.

100 percent of eligible project costs will be covered through the federal Gas Tax Fund, under the Strategic Priorities Fund – Local Roads, Bridges, and Active Transportation category.

For more information on the project, visit

—Submitted by the City of Courtenay

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