5th Street Bridge paint removal starting; overnight closures planned next week
The 5th Street Bridge. (Supplied by the City of Courtenay)
Work to remove the lead-based paint on the 5th Street Bridge is about to begin.
Crews will be working 7:00am to 7:00pm, up to seven days a week to remove the old paint before applying a fresh green coating.
Large sections at both ends of the bridge have been wrapped in heavy duty plastic to prevent any of the lead paint and construction materials from falling into the river below.
Crews will be working within this new containment system to remove the old lead paint down to bare metal before it is recoated to preserve the bridge for years to come.
Once this work is complete, the centre portion of the bridge will be wrapped for paint removal and recoating. The city says this next phase of work will be noisy.
The new coating must be applied in dry, warmer temperatures so this portion of the work will be completed over the summer.
As well, the bridge will be closed to traffic over nights for five nights starting this Monday (July 12th) to next Friday, July 16th from 11:30pm to no later than 6:00am the following mornings. Crews will guide pedestrians across the bridge when it is safe.
This work will wrap up on Saturday morning. Work has been scheduled overnight to limit additional impacts on traffic.
This overnight closure is necessary to allow the bridge contractor to safely conduct testing of the bridge deck.
Alternate routes should be considered during this time:
- 17th Street Bridge
- Condensory Bridge – Anderton Avenue to Condensory Road
- North Connector – Piercy Road
To learn more about the 5th Street Bridge project, click here.