Anderton Retaining Wall Repair

Start: July 25, 2016

End: August 11, 2016

Last Updated: November 30, 2023

Project Description:

Update August 11, 2016:

Repairs to the sheet pile retaining wall in the Courtenay River next to the 400-block of Anderton Avenue are now complete.


The sheet pile retaining wall in the Courtenay River next to the 400-block of Anderton Avenue is being repaired this summer. The City of Courtenay has awarded the construction to Edgett Excavating and Leighton Contracting. The repairs will consist of the placement of a rocked structure in the Courtenay River in front of the existing sheet pile retaining wall. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 25, 2016 with a planned completion date of Monday, August 15, 2016.

Estimated Project Schedule:

  • Week of July 25 ‐ Site preparation for construction
  • August 1 to 10 ‐ Construction in the river
  • August 11 to 15 ‐ Site Clean‐up

The City of Courtenay is working with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, & Natural Resources Operations and the Department of Fisheries & Oceans to acquire all necessary permits. The project needs to be completed within a very narrow window of opportunity to meet the requirements of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This rocked structure will stabilize the wall while longer-term, permanent repairs are designed. A permanent solution is expected within the next five years.

Construction Noise

The construction zone is predominantly in the Courtenay River, with equipment and worker access from the green space on the north side of the 5th Street Bridge at Anderton Avenue and staging of materials on Anderton Avenue. Site preparation and in-stream environmental works will begin on July 25th, followed by construction of a river access and then rock placement. This work will be conducted at low tides, twice daily, and therefore has the potential to be ongoing 24 hours a day. There will be significant noise related to this activity and possibly vibration as a result of the equipment movement and rock placement. Although every reasonable effort will be made to minimize the impact of this necessary construction operation, disruption will be unavoidable.

Road Closures & Parking Restrictions

Road closures along Anderton Avenue and parking restrictions will be in effect to support the construction activities. Access to the Anderton Arms apartment building (426 Anderton Avenue) and the Cona Hostel (440 Anderton Avenue) will be limited at times during the construction. You are encouraged to access the (Lower) Florence Filberg Centre from the upper parking lot between Anderton and Cliffe Avenues. This parking lot can be accessed from both 3rd Street (north of Native Sons Hall) and 5th Street (west of the bridge). Riverside Fit Park will not be accessible during construction. 

Traffic control personnel will be on site to direct vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists around the work area. However, the work area will be limited to local traffic only. 

Arrangements have been made through the CVRD for BC Transit buses (routes 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 34 and 99) to be temporarily rerouted during the project. The transit stop on Anderton Avenue will be inactive for the duration of the project. Transit users wishing to access or exit buses will need to use the Downtown Exchange on Cliffe Avenue next to the Courtenay Museum, as indicated on the above map.

Recreational River Use

The city recognizes that many people enjoy recreational activities in the Courtenay River. Everyone using the river during this time is asked to stay as far away as possible from the work area on the west side of the river, north of the 5th Street Bridge, as this is an active construction zone. Access to the river from the stairs in Lewis Park nearest the 5th Street Bridge will be restricted during this time. The stairs further north will remain open.

Please respect the work and keep a safe distance. Your cooperation during construction will assist in the orderly completion of the project.

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