Just one more thing on the highway…

Get ready for one more closure along the Old Island Highway.

Get ready for one more closure along the Old Island Highway.

The city announced Wednesday that final paving on the upgraded portion of the highway between Hilchey and Rockland roads will begin in May.

It’s estimated that the closure will go into effect for five days in mid to late May, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Exact dates and times will be confirmed by the end of April.

During the closure, southbound traffic will be re-routed to Rockland, Galerno and Hilchey and northbound traffic can get around the construction site by taking Hilchey, Galerno and Rockland. Crossing guards will be on hand to assist pedestrians crossing at the Hilchey and Galerno intersection during heavy detour traffic periods.

The paving marks the final phase of the $13.1 million upgrade project which began more than a year ago.

Since then, new water and sanitary mains have been installed underneath the highway, and new street lights and sidewalks have been put in.

The Seawalk between Hilchey and Rockland has been re-paved and a brand-new sewage lift station was built.

The Simms Creek Pump Station features wireless communication, emergency back-up and sewage lift pumps with the capacity to handle all present and future sewage flow.

The final paving was originally targeted to be done by March 31 but a funding deadline extension from the federal government allowed that date to be pushed back.

Although construction did run on schedule throughout, waiting until May to do the final paving ensured a better quality product.

“Our consultants have told us that if we can, it’s in our best interest to delay the paving of the last lift of asphalt,” Jason Hartley, city capital works manager, said when the funding extension was announced. “If we want it to be the best it can be, last the longest it can and minimize the burden of maintaining it, we’re being told we should wait for favourable weather.”

For more information on the Highway 19A project visit campbellriver.ca

Just Posted

Aquaman star spotted around Campbell River as production ramps up on See

Jason Momoa, best known for his role in Game of Thrones, in town to film mini-series

Man injured in Vancouver Island racetrack accident meets, holds son for first time

Kayden was born the day after Jonathan was crushed by car at speedway

Campbell River school enrolment up over projections

End of September count finds 65 more students in the system

Campbell River candidates take on increased density causing traffic congestion on Dogwood Street

How do the candidates feel about growth causing increased traffic on our four-lane arterial road

Campbell River Storm defeats Islanders, loses to Cougars

Local Junior B hockey team holds narrow lead in North Division

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

‘A little odd’ B.C.’s biggest city celebrates cannabis without a legal store

On the streets of downtown Vancouver, notably the Wild West of illegal marijuana, not a single legal store opened Wednesday, making for a rather anticlimatic kick-off

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

After 50 years, ‘Sesame Street’ Big Bird puppeteer retiring

The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

Britain, EU decide to take some time in getting Brexit right

Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said “we need much time, much more time and we continue to work in the next weeks.”

Parole denied for convicted killer-rapist Paul Bernardo after 25 years in prison

Paul Bernardo plead for release on Wednesday by arguing he has done what he could to improve himself during his 25 years in prison.

Smooth start to legal cannabis in B.C., Mike Farnworth says

Online and government store makes 4,000 sales by noon

Most Read