Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Traffic wanting to cross the bridge heading towards Lewis Park must take the detour route onto Anderton Avenue southbound, then make a left turn onto 5th Street at the bridge entrance, when signalled to do so.

Traffic wanting to cross the bridge coming into the downtown area will proceed straight through.

Temporary signals to manage traffic at both ends of the bridge will remain in place until October.

Please anticipate delays for traffic control during installation.

The sidewalk on the north side of the bridge (Lewis Park) remains temporarily closed at this time. People who are walking, or walking their bikes across, must use the south-side pedestrian walkway until further notice.

Once the signals and scaffolding are installed, the bridge will be wrapped in a heavy plastic to protect the surrounding environment during paint removal.

The bridge is an active construction site, and the City of Courtenay appreciates patience as crews mobilize for bridge repairs, while keeping it open to people who walk, bike and drive. Brief intermittent periods of full closure may still be required at times.

Please plan for extra time when crossing the bridge or consider an alternate route to downtown.

Commuters are encouraged to pay close attention to new line painting and signs highlighting changes to traffic patterns in the area and to plan extra time if using the 5th Street crossing.

A reminder that downtown Courtenay is open for business during the 5th Street Bridge Project, and to please continue to support the community’s local merchants.

For project information, and to subscribe to updates via email, visit www.courtenay.ca/5thstreetbridge

–City of Courtenay