Expect traffic delays around the intersection of Back Road and Sixth Street East in Courtenay starting next week.
Beginning Monday, July 29, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, crews will realign the intersection. The work will result in periods of intermittent and continuous single-lane alternating traffic. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.
Lesley Hatch, the City’s municipal engineer, said the project will include numerous upgrades.
“We’re reconfiguring the vehicle lanes on Sixth Street East to create more of a T-shaped intersection,” advised Hatch. “Right now the road is angled in such a way that drivers turning right from Back Road onto Sixth Street East have to make a very sharp turn. Realigning the roadway will address this issue and make the corner easier to navigate.”
Other improvements will include a new left-turn lane from Back Road onto Sixth Street East, as well as crosswalk and sidewalk upgrades.
“The new left-turn lane will mean that vehicles turning left onto Sixth Street will no longer be blocking the flow of through traffic,” said Hatch.
Traffic control personnel will be on hand to assist all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. Emergency services have been notified and will be given priority access if required.
For more information, contact Chris Ewing at McElhanney Engineering Services Ltd. at 250-338-5495.
— City of Courtenay