5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project

Start: Spring 2018

End: Fall 2018

Last Updated: November 30, 2018

Project Description:

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 infrastructure in the area. Along with new 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.

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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

Menzies to Harmston

Harmston to Fitzgerald

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

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Project Updates

November 30, 2018: More Finishing Touches on 5th Street Early Next Week

November 23, 2018: 5th Street Set to Reopen

November 2, 2018: Finishing Touches on 5th Street Taking Shape

October 11, 2018: Upcoming Paving on 5th Street

October 5, 2018: Intersection at 5th and Fitzgerald Will Reopen Before the Weekend

September 17, 2018: Temporary Closure of 5th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue Intersection Starting Mid-Week

September 10, 2018: 5th Street Upgrades Between Fitzgerald and Harmston Avenues Underway This Week

August 31, 2018: Focus on 5th Street Shifts to Putting Road Back Together and Enhancing Sidewalks, Bike Lanes and Driving Lanes

August 9, 2018: Switchover from Old Water System to New System on 5th Street to Occur Overnight Monday and Tuesday

July 12, 2018: Upcoming Early Morning Shifts at 5th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue

July 4, 2018: Temporary Four-Way Stop at Fitzgerald Avenue & 6th Street

June 29, 2018: Overnight Work Expected at 5th and Fitzgerald from July 8 - 10

June 25, 2018: Construction of 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project Shifts East of Harmston Next Week

June 6, 2018: Progress Continues on 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project

April 27, 2018: Construction Set to Begin Next Week on 5th Street Complete Street Pilot Project

March 29, 2018: 5th Street Complete Street Construction Contract Awarded

 

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: 

January 26, 2018 Complete Street Open House Display Boards [PDF - 6.5 MB]

Past Consultation:

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.

October 26, 2016 Public Information Session Display Boards [PDF - 6.5 MB]

May 5, 2016 Public Information Session Display Boards [PDF - 6.2 MB]

 

Past Media Releases:

January 17, 2018: Significant Upgrades to 5th Street Set to Start this Spring

October 19, 2017: 5th and Fitzgerald Intersection Traffic Study Complete

April 10, 2017: Temporary Intersection Changes at 5th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue

October 18, 2016: Complete Streets Pilot Project Information Session

April 22, 2016: Complete Streets Project Public Information Session [PDF - 108 KB]

February 12, 2016: Federal Gas Tax Fund Contribution for "Complete Streets" Pilot Project [PDF - 234 KB]

 

Reports and Publications:

January 15, 2018 Briefing Note: Update on 5th Street Complete Streets Pilot Project [PDF - 8.7 MB]

May 9, 2017 Briefing Note: 5th Street Complete Streets - Project Update [PDF - 727 KB]

December 5, 2016 Staff Report: 5th Street Complete Streets Pilot Project – Presentation by Urban Systems and Concept Options Selection [PDF - 1.7 MB]

October 3, 2016 Staff Report: Cross Section Options and Public Engagement Next Steps [PDF - 573 KB]

October 3, 2016 Staff Report: 5th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue Pop-up Intersection [PDF - 476 KB]

September 22, 2016 Briefing Note: 5th Street Complete Streets Pilot Project Site Briefing [PDF - 711 KB]

July 4, 2016 5th Street Complete Streets Pilot Project Public Engagement Summary [PDF - 289 KB]

February 12, 2016 Neighbourhood Flyer [PDF - 234 KB] 

October 20, 2014 Staff Report: Complete Streets Pilot Project - Options Evaluation [PDF - 246 KB]

Project Status:

Detailed design began in early 2017