File photo of 5th Street Bridge in Courtenay.

File photo of 5th Street Bridge in Courtenay.

Final concrete pour on Courtenay bridge slated for Friday

The 5th Street Bridge will close to all vehicle traffic this weekend. It will close Friday, Feb. 4. at 7 p.m. and will reopen at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. The north sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells said the project is nearing the finish line.

“The entire community is keen to see the bridge reopen to two-way traffic as soon as possible,” said Wells. “This has been an incredibly complex project, made even more challenging by COVID-related staffing impacts, extreme weather events, bridge condition issues and concrete placement. I’d like to thank our residents, commuters, and merchants for their ongoing patience. We are very close to wrapping up this project once and for all.”

During the overnight bridge closure, please use an alternate route:

•17th Street Bridge

•Condensory Bridge – Anderton Avenue to Condensory Road

•North Connector – Piercy Road

Closing the bridge for 48 hours will allow crews to complete the final concrete pour and limit vehicle vibration which is critical to ensuring the integrity of the concrete. The closure will also allow crews to complete other remaining deck work required to reopen the bridge to two-way traffic this month.

The decision to the close the bridge over the weekend was not taken lightly, and the city has informed the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, as well as Emergency Services and BC Transit. We thank you for your ongoing patience and look forward to reopening the bridge this month.