Weekly Project Update: Columbia Avenue Redevelopment - Phase 2

City of Castlegar
By City of Castlegar
June 4th, 2021

Over the last week, the contractor completed all water main testing and 85 percent of all water tie-ins. They also started working on building up the final road south of 21st Street. This includes excavating the temporary materials placed for the detour driving surface and replacing with compacted aggregate. 

Next week, you can expect to see:

  • Removal of existing water and gas main from the BC Transit bus stop near 22nd to 23rd Street on the west side of the project;
  • Storm main installation on the east side to 24th Street;
  • Water service and main tie-ins between 23rd and 24th Street;
  • Curb and sidewalk preparations from 21st Street, heading south;
  • Shallow utility installation (FortisBC electrical, Telus, Shaw) between 23rd and 20th Street; and
  • FortisBC upgrading gas services.

Low Water Pressure & Water Conservation

On Tuesday, June 8 Copcan will be transitioning major water sources to brand new water mains. Due this this:

  • Residents on 6th Avenue, Woodland Park and Woodland Drive, and between 17th and 24th Street on Columbia Avenue will experience lower than usual water pressures on that day.
  • These residents are asked to limit water consumption to essential use only on June 8 to ensure adequate water is available for firefighting purposes.


To keep everyone safe, pedestrians are asked to use 6th Avenue whenever possible since Columbia Avenue is an active and busy construction area.


Traffic volumes are increasing and flaggers are working hard to keep traffic flowing but drivers may experience slightly longer waits. Please be patient and courteous to others on the road.

Did you know?

Flagging on the project is provided by Crews Control, a West Kootenay-based company that has been providing quality traffic control for 27 years. “Our company is dedicated to safety and providing trained and qualified staff for this project,” says Deb Evans of Crews Control Flagging Ltd. “Flagging is an asset to any job site as experience, communication and, above all, safety, are the most important factors when supporting the travelling public.”


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