This satellite image shows which areas will be affected by the upcoming road closures. Photo supplied.

Temporary street closures upcoming in downtown Courtenay

  • Sep. 17, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Work is underway on a section of Fitzgerald Avenue in preparation for the Fitzgerald Corridor Cycling Expansion Project, resulting in traffic impacts on this busy corridor. Preparatory construction in the area has been ongoing since late August.

Starting Monday, Sept. 23, the project will require a full road closure on Fitzgerald Avenue between 5th and 6th streets, as well as 6th Street between Fitzgerald and Grant avenues, for approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Detours will be in place.

To avoid delays, commuters are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction.

The project will complete the missing link between the protected bike lanes on 5th Street and the painted bike lanes on Fitzgerald Avenue at Cumberland Road.

The project will include:

· New painted bike lanes and road markings

· Signage

· New pedestrian-controlled flashing beacons across Fitzgerald Avenue at 6th Street

· New curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians

During construction, commuters are asked to watch for traffic control personnel, drive with caution around crews, and follow all posted signage.

A second phase of the project will extend the Fitzgerald bike lane from 21st to 26th streets, as well as add road markings to 19th Street. Once completed, the full Fitzgerald Corridor Cycling Expansion project will provide critical connections from the City of Courtenay’s downtown core to the Courtenay Riverway and Driftwood Mall, and provide a continuous north-south spine which will form the foundation of the cycling network on the west side of the City. Work on the southern portion of Fitzgerald will commence this fall.

Courtenay received provincial funding for this project from the BikeBC program, a cost-sharing program that provides financial support for communities to create new cycling infrastructure and improve existing transportation networks, making local transportation safer, greener and more accessible. In addition to the Fitzgerald Corridor Cycling Expansion, the $227,655 grant will support a separate upcoming cycling network project on Hobson Avenue later this year.

For more information, please visit or contact City of Courtenay Public Works at 250-338-1525 or email

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