5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project
Start: Spring 2018
End: November 2018
Last Updated: March 29, 2018
March 29, 2018: The City of Courtenay has awarded the construction contract for the 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project to Copcan Civil Limited of Nanaimo, BC. Find out more
Complete Street Open House
The City of Courtenay hosted an Open House on January 26, 2018 to present the final design for the 5th Street Complete Street. View the display boards:
What is a Complete Street?
"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.
The detailed design will include:
- 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
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.
Past Media Releases:
Reports and Publications:
Detailed design began in early 2017