5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project
End: September 2018
Last Updated: May 18, 2017
April 2017 "Pop-Up Intersection"
Temporary changes are coming to the 5th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue intersection, helping preview how a proposed new design will affect traffic patterns. The “pop-up intersection” is part of the City of Courtenay’s planning process for the 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project.
The temporary installation will use paint, temporary curb and flexible posts to replicate potential permanent changes to the intersection at a relatively low cost. The pop-up intersection will be installed starting April 18, and will remain in place for up to six months. Find out more
December 2016 Design Option Update
At the December 5, 2016 Council meeting, Courtenay City Council was presented the results of recent public consultation on the 5th Street Complete Streets Pilot Project, along with several design options for 5th Street. Council voted to select "Option 4 (raised)" - Option 4 (raised) Diagram [PDF - 1.1 MB]
- Two vehicle travel lanes
- Parking on both sides with alternating raingarden
- Bike lanes physically separated from vehicle traffic, same elevation as sidewalk
- parking provided between Fitzgerald and Harmston, and alternating parking and raingardens throughout the remainder of the corridor.
Plans are now underway for the detailed design phase.
About the Complete Streets Pilot Project
"A Complete Street is designed for all ages, abilities, and modes of travel. On Complete Streets, safe and comfortable access for pedestrians, bicycles, transit users and the mobility-impaired is not an afterthought, but an integral planning feature." Complete Streets for Canada
The 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project will include a substantial overhaul of above-ground and below-ground infrastructure on 5th Street between Fitzgerald and Menzies Avenues. Once completed, the project will significantly improve walking and cycling routes, a key factor in encouraging alternate modes of transport in the city. Along with new trees and other landscaping, other proposed improvements include innovative stormwater management through the installation of rain gardens throughout the corridor.
100 percent of eligible project costs will be covered through the federal Gas Tax Fund, under the Strategic Priorities Fund - Local Roads, Bridges and Active Transportation category.
Public information sessions and surveys seeking feedback on options for the 5th Street Complete Streets Pilot Project were offered in both the spring and fall of 2016.
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Detailed design will start in early 2017