Resident wants action on Muir Road crosswalk paint job

Jeanette Koopmans doesn’t have children, but is afraid for those who do, particularly those who use Sandwick Park

Jeanette Koopmans doesn’t have children, but is afraid for those who do, particularly those who use Sandwick Park and the nearby area in east Courtenay.

Koopmans, who lives in the neighbourhood, says she has been concerned about the lack of crosswalk markings on Muir Road and Alderwood Place, near the park. The previous marked crosswalk was partially covered last fall as the road was being repaved.

“(Drivers) come around the corner and people just fly,” she explains. “It’s a really nice nature walk and it’s even dangerous for my 88-year-old father to cross.”

Some markings of the crosswalk remain visible along with the two signs on either side of the road, but Koopmans fears it is not enough for drivers.

Earlier this year, she contacted the City of Courtenay to raise her concerns, and was told painting the crosswalk is weather-dependent.

She says nothing was done, and called back a second time to speak with Public Works Services. She was told the city works with a contractor, and that it would be done soon.

“That was two months ago,” she concedes.

Anne Guillo, manager of communications for the city, confirms about one-third of the crosswalk needs to be repainted following road repairs late last year.

“Road repainting during cool or wet weather is not recommended – the road surface needs to be clean and dry for the paint to adhere properly. This is why the repainting did not occur during the rainy season last fall,” she says in an email to The Record.

Guillo adds the city hires a contractor to do a large quantity of repainting at one time. Due to the weather-dependent nature of their work, she notes it is difficult for them to provide a firm work schedule in advance.

“The contractor has indicated they plan to complete this painting project, along with all the other painting projects in Courtenay, in late June or early July, so we anticipate this repair will happen very soon.”

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Vancouver Island MusicFest revisited

This year’s lineup included Colin James, Tom Cochrane and lots more

Peninsula Co-op hosting matching gift campaign for BC Cancer Foundation

Company will match donations up to $75,000 for Vancouver Island residents battling cancer

Comox Valley military museum could be closed for a couple of months

HMCS Alberni site suffered water damage during a recent downpour

Injured humpback returns to waters off Comox a year later

Photographer spotted Ocular again and noticed the whale has been healing

Pacific Salmon Foundation contributes $42,000 to Comox Valley wild salmon restoration projects

The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced it is contributing more than $42,000 to… Continue reading

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

Film features Chez Monique, an off-the-grid restaurant on West Coast Trail in B.C.

“The story we are trying to share is of the loving haven they created and sustained for decades.”

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Most Read