Fifth Street Bridge work expected to last until Oct. 5

No lane closures scheduled for next week (Sept. 17-24), but daytime closures planned from Sept. 24 until Oct. 5

The estimated completion date for the Fifth Street Bridge work has been bumped back from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5.

The City of Courtenay has received an estimate on the delivery of the critical parts needed for the repair of the Fifth Street Bridge. The delay in receiving the parts has impacted the work schedule.

The latest schedule information shows daytime bridge lane closures from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our contractor has informed us that the parts will be here at the end of next week,” said Derek Richmond, the City’s manager of engineering. “This means we don’t anticipate doing any work on the bridge next week, September 17 to 21, during the day or in the evening.”

For the remainder of this week, there will be night work only from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., with single-lane alternating traffic in both directions.

When daytime lane closures recommence on Sept. 24, traffic will be single-lane westbound only. Eastbound traffic will need to detour to the 17th Street Bridge.

Additional road work is happening on the Old Island Highway, near the Lewis Centre, as crews work on a separate storm drain project. As much work as possible on the storm drain will take place at night, however the project is dependent on tides so some daytime work may be needed.

For more information and updates visit or contact the Project Engineer, Ian Whitehead at 250-338-5495 or MainRoad Contracting’s 24-hour communication line, 1-877-391-7310.

— City of Courtenay

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