It’s time for some major construction to begin along Chemainus Road. Expect delays. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Construction for underground utilities on Chemainus Road commencing

Fourth-month project will result in traffic disruptions

Major road work is happening on Chemainus Road as part of the Chemainus downtown revitalization; it started Tuesday.

Residents are reminded there will be traffic disruptions.

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring noted there is no “good time” to do the work for the businesses that will be impacted and asked David Conway, the municipality’s director of engineering, for input on how to best deal with the concerns.

“The road is four lanes for the most part, so we do have a fair amount of asphalt to work with while we’re doing the utility work,” Conway indicated.

“As for the sidewalk work, it has to be done at the same time as the utility replacements but that work is progressive in that we’ll be back filling behind us as we complete the work as the project progresses.”

North Cowichan is upgrading the portion of Chemainus Road between Henry Road and Victoria Street in order to improve the accessibility and safety of the arterial road. The project was first proposed and envisioned by the community through development of the 2011 Chemainus Town Centre Revitalization Plan.

The underground utilities construction will take four months from mid-November 2019 to mid-March 2020.

The starting point of underground construction will be Victoria Street and Chemainus Road.

Construction will typically end at 5:30 p.m. every day and both lanes will be left open, unless unusual circumstances cause the crew to work longer to complete a task.

The construction will not occur on weekends, again unless unusual circumstances require it.

Phase 2 above ground surface work will follow for another seven months from mid-March 2020 to mid-September.

—with a file from Robert Barron

Just Posted

‘Nutcracker’ a hit with Cowichan audiences

A big crowd was entranced Saturday, Dec. 7 when the Royal City… Continue reading

Andrea Rondeau column: Remembering the windstorm of 2018; how prepared are you for an emergency?

Last year on Dec. 20 the Cowichan Valley was walloped by the worst windstorm in memory in the region.

Sarah Simpson Column: The good deed that blew up in my face

Why I’ll be ordering take-our delivery pizza from now on

Chloe Storie-Soth’s rugby dilemma

Shawnigan student has to choose between elite teams

Cowichan United ends scoring drought

Collins and Pugh each score two in 4-0 win

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Most Read