COURTENAY, B.C. – Courtenay is celebrating Canada’s birthday on July 1, and with that, comes road closures.

A few downtown roads will be closed to accommodate Canada Day celebrations, the City of Courtenay notes on its website.

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic for the Canada Day Parade – 6th Street between Harmston and Fitzgerald Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue from 5th Street to 6th Street, and 5th Street from Fitzgerald Avenue to Ryan Road (including the 5th Street bridge).

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Road Closures for Canada Day festivities – 5th Street from Cliffe Avenue to Comox Road (including the 5th Street bridge).

Vehicles will need to detour around the parade and celebration route, and will not be able to cross 5th Street within the closure area.

Motorists are advised to plan an alternate route and leave extra time to compensate for heavier traffic on the 17th Street Bridge.

17th Street repaving rescheduled to July 9 – 12

Work on one of Courtenay’s major arterial routes will happen later than originally scheduled.

Repaving on 17th Street between Cliffe and Fitzgerald Avenue, first slated for July 3 to 5, has been rescheduled by the contractor.

It will now happen from Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12.

Work will be completed overnight between 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each day.

Once paving starts, roadways will be subject to intermittent lane closures and single-lane alternating traffic during construction hours.

There will be noise generated by the crew and equipment, and any on-street parking will be restricted during construction. Motorists are advised to use caution and obey traffic personnel and posted traffic signs.

During repairs, the existing pavement surface will be ground up, removed, and replaced with new asphalt.

According to the City of Courtenay, “this cost-effective method of road repair can be performed when the road surface is damaged but the sub-base is stable and underground utilities don’t yet need replacing or upgrading.”

The project is part of the City’s long-range asset management planning, which prioritizes repairs based on a thorough condition assessment of roads throughout the city.