COURTENAY, B.C. – A Nanaimo-based company has been awarded the contract for the City of Courtenay’s 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project.

Five firms submitted their bid for the project, according to a release from the City. Nanaimo’s Copcan Civil Limited was the lowest bidder, at $2,911,616.

This stays within the budget of the amount covered by the Gas Tax Fund, under the Strategic Priorities Fund – Local Roads, Bridges and Active Transportation category.

Work on the project is expected to start within the next four weeks and be finished by the end of 2018.

The release notes that as the project moves along, the City of Courtenay will work with the contractor to keep residents informed. The project is set to see upgrades to above-ground and underground infrastructure on 5th Street between Fitzgerald and Menzies Avenue.

When it’s completed, the project will have:

  • Two freshly paved vehicle lanes
  • Bike lanes physically separated from vehicle traffic
  • Improved accessibility for strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs
  • Parking between Fitzgerald and Harmston, and alternating parking and rain gardens throughout the remainder of the corridor
  • Innovative stormwater management to improve drainage
  • New water, sewer, and storm utility mains

For more details on the project, visit www.courtenay.ca/5th-street-complete-street-pilot-project.