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Weekly Update - Columbia Avenue Redevelopment - Phase 2

Over the last week, construction focused on establishing the 6th Avenue detour, completing water tie-ins between 18th and 21st Streets, milling asphalt and installing water main between 21st and 24th Streets, and patching curbs, sidewalks, and pavement.

In the next week, you can expect to see:

  • Concrete pouring and finishing for curb and sidewalks, utility tie-ins, and patch paving between 18th and 21st Streets;
  • Night and day-time milling and paving at the north end of the project, including,  Columbia Avenue, between 18th and 21st Streets, and the Highway 3 ramps; and
  • Water main installation between 22nd and 24th Streets.

Traffic

Until early May, northbound traffic is detoured off Columbia Avenue to 6th Avenue from 20th to 24th Street. This is because Columbia Avenue is narrower through these blocks and maintaining two lanes of traffic next to the construction zone would compromise worker and public safety and reduce productivity. Southbound traffic will remain on Columbia Avenue. All Columbia Avenue businesses will remain open and accessible via the 6th Avenue detour. The detour ensures traffic will continue flowing and minimize delays.

During the detour, pedestrians and bikers should use 6th Avenue when traveling in both directions between 21st and 24th Streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid blocking entrances to the Ambulance and Fire Halls to ensure timely response to emergencies.

All BC Transit stops from Columbia Avenue have been temporarily relocated to 6th Avenue.

Did you know?

  • This project includes the installation of 1.4 km of separated bike lanes.