COURTENAY, B.C. – Drivers heading north on 4th Street are facing a slowdown due to the start of construction at the bottom of the hill.

A backhoe is currently tearing up the sidewalk next to Gladstone Brewing Co.to begin nearly two weeks of work.

Progress will continue as the contractor, Tayco, builds new sidewalks in the work zone on 4th Street and Cliffe Avenue from today (July 23) to Friday, Aug. 3.

Road construction has begun at 4th Street and Cliffe Avenue.
Photo by Troy Landreville/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio

This work will include a road closure along 4th from the Coastal Community Credit Union entrance to Cliffe Avenue.

Access for BC Transit buses will be maintained through the corridor for the duration of the project.

Cliffe Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will experience intermittent single lane alternating traffic, along with parking restrictions within the work zone for the duration of the project.

Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist all commuters, including cyclists and pedestrians.

The improvements to 4th will include:

  • new “pedestrian refuge” islands on the west side of Cliffe Avenue at the 4th Street intersection;
  • resurfacing and repainting of the intersection, including crosswalks;
  • new downtown-specific street signs, sign posts, and litter baskets; and
  • upgrades to the sidewalk along Cliffe Avenue from 4th to the Alley towards 5th Street; and
  • upgrades to the sidewalk along 4th Street from Cliffe Avenue to the parking lot letdown.