Extension granted for Courtenay cycle lane project

The Province of B.C. has granted an extension on the funding application deadline for the Fitzgerald Avenue road improvement.

The Province of B.C. has granted an extension on the funding application deadline for the Fitzgerald Avenue road improvement project in Courtenay.

The Cycling Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) could provide up to 50 per cent of eligible costs on the $60,000 project.

As announced earlier in December, the City of Courtenay has postponed the planned improvements until spring 2014.

The project will include bicycle lanes on either side of Fitzgerald Avenue, new signage, and improved sightlines. The project was originally scheduled to be completed in November 2013, however cold and rainy weather conditions put the project on hold.

The City will now have until May 1 to complete the project and submit their CIPP funding application.

“We’re very grateful that the Province has granted this extension,” said Lesley Hatch, the City’s senior manager of engineering. “We’re looking forward to completing this project as soon as possible in the spring.”

Courtenay will also apply to ICBC for additional funding through their Road Safety Department.

For more information, visit www.courtenay.ca.

— City of Courtenay