Deadline June 7 to get transportation study feedback to City of Courtenay

The City of Courtenay is seeking public feedback through an online survey as it wraps up its transportation planning process.

The City of Courtenay is seeking public feedback through an online survey as it wraps up its transportation planning process.

The survey is available at www.courtenay.ca, to be completed by this Friday.

The plan — a 25-Year Vision for Multi-Modal Transportation — covers walking, cycling, vehicle traffic and other modes of transportation. It examines opportunities, develops recommendations, identifies priorities and provides cost estimates for the transportation network.

Manager of engineering Derek Richmond says the survey is an important part of the plan, which will be considered by council before being finalized.

“We are asking people how they use our transportation network, and what barriers are preventing people from using alternate modes of transportation,” Richmond said. “This will help confirm the results from the first open house and survey we held last fall.”

The goal is to make Courtenay more accessible to those traveling on foot, by bicycle or on transit, while recognizing that driving is an essential mode of transportation for many people. The document will also influence the planning of underground services and utilities, including water and sewer lines.

About 50 people attended a public open house last week to review the draft document.

The transportation plan is being developed by consulting firms Morrison Hershfield and O2 Planning and Design. In a recent presentation, consultants outlined 10 road network improvements proposed for Courtenay that, combined, would cost nearly $100 million by the year 2037.

Consultation has included local governments, the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, the school district, the Ministry of Transportation, airport, emergency services, transit and other key stakeholders.

Previous survey responses indicate general satisfaction with vehicle travel but dissatisfaction with walking, cycling and transit service.

The final report is scheduled to be completed in June.

For more information, visit www.courtenay.ca/TMP.aspx or call 250-334-4441.

 

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