Weekly update on Columbia Avenue construction
The week of March 22, the community can expect to see:
* Major work focused in the same areas as the contractor navigates the challenging task of protecting existing utilities like electricity and gas lines.
* Crews out during regular hours (6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) with minimal evening work;
* Water service and hydrant work, water main testing, and new water service connections that minimize impacts to residents and businesses (from 21st Street to the Highway 3 ramp across from the Chevron);
* Additional tree and sign removal in areas where new sidewalks and landscaped boulevards will be; and
* Workers locating utilities throughout the project area.
Traffic patterns should remain the same with minor delays along Columbia Avenue. To reduce congestion, flashing traffic lights may be used which allows drivers, pedestrians and bikers to follow directions from traffic controllers.
Sidewalks will be closed along the west side of Columbia Avenue from 21st to 18th Street for safety reasons. The contractor has installed signage to provide better directions for pedestrians and bikers.
BC Transit stops at the Sandman Hotel and Canadian Tire will remain out of service. Passengers can board the bus at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on 6th Avenue.
Did you know?
* Copcan, the project contractor, has installed more than 400 metres of the water main line between 19th and 21st Streets.