5th Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project
Start: Mid April 2021
End: Early 2022
Last Updated: April 22, 2022
April 22, 2022
Equipment & Scaffolding Removal Update
Over the next two weeks, all remaining construction equipment and scaffolding will be removed from around the 5th Street Bridge.
By Monday May 9th, the underpass on the downtown side of the bridge will reopen. The underpass between Simms and Lewis parks reopened in March.
With this last step, the bridge and surrounding area will be fully returned to previous traffic patterns and access points.
Thank you for your patience during construction. The investment in this essential transportation corridor has preserved and extended the life of the bridge well into the future.
February 17, 2022
5th Street Bridge is OPEN
The 5th Street Bridge is OPEN in both directions.
You can now drive straight down 5th Street onto the bridge, and the detour route is no longer in effect. Both sidewalks are open.
Crews are still working in the area, and there may be intermittent delays at times. Please drive carefully and be mindful of traffic control personnel and changes to signage and road markings.
Time to give our bridge some TLC.
The 5th Street Bridge Project will preserve and extend the life of the bridge well into the future. The $6.5 million investment is being made by the City of Courtenay with support from the provincial and federal governments.
The bridge will be reduced to single lane traffic in alternating directions until February 2022. Expect delays and detours if you drive, walk, cycle or take transit.
Plan ahead and allow extra time for daily commutes. Thank you for your patience.
5th Street Bridge Project Overview
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The scope for the 5th Street Rehabilitation Project includes:
|Removal of the lead-based paint||Complete|
|Recoating of all the steel including rails and rub rails||Complete|
|Steel repairs to the end of the deck beams underneath the bridge||Complete|
|Removal of existing overlay||Complete|
|Deck concrete removal and repairs||Complete|
|Placement of a new concrete overlay||Complete|
|Commissioning cathodic protection||Underway|
The 60-year-old 5th Street Bridge was coated in lead paint that has now been removed to address the corrosion within the steel. To protect the surrounding environment, the bridge was enclosed in scaffolding and sections were wrapped for significant lengths of time during the project. Metal scaffolding covered in heavy-duty plastic wrapping prevented lead paint and other contaminants from entering the Courtenay River and surrounding area. The lane width on the bridge was reduced to safely complete the work.
Bridge Underpasses Closed
Underpasses at both ends of the 5th Street Bridge remain closed for now.
Construction lay-down area
The contractor is using a large area on the east (Lewis Park) side of the bridge for storage of equipment, supplies, vehicles and a construction trailer. Public parking has been reduced.
Bridge construction began in mid-April 2021. The bridge reopened to two-way traffic in February 2022.
The current estimate for the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation project is $6.5 million.
|Outcome||A rehabilitated crossing with extended service life, with full utilization of the grant.|
|Project management, traffic optimization, and contingency||$1.1 million|
|Fed / Prov Grant||$1.96 million|
|Carry-forward from prior budget year||$0.21 million|
|City Borrowing Amount||$3.4 million|
The City of Courtenay was successful in securing a grant of $1.96 million though the New Building Canada- Small Communities fund, which requires construction completion by March 2022. The remainder of the project costs will be funded by the City of Courtenay.
As directed by Council, the City used the Alternative Approval Process to seek approval for borrowing to help fund the project.
The City of Courtenay awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the 5th Street Bridge to Park Derochie, an industry leader in bridge rehabilitation projects, specializing in blast cleaning, coatings, and scaffolding. Learn more
5th Street Bridge Colour
The bridge has been recoated in classic green lead-free paint. A 5th Street Bridge colour survey was completed in January 2021 where over 2,100 people participated in the survey, with over half of those in favour of recoating the bridge in “classic green” over the other proposed choices of silver and matte black.
2019 Drop-in Open House and Survey
On November 21, 2019, the community was invited to provide feedback on the 5th Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project. An online survey provided additional opportunities for the community to weigh in on the project.
For more information on the 5th Street Bridge project, email email@example.com