North Cowichan Manager of Engineering Barb Thomas makes a presentation on the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project to the crowd assembled Tuesday at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

North Cowichan Manager of Engineering Barb Thomas makes a presentation on the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project to the crowd assembled Tuesday at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Road corridor project details revealed

Municipality’s plans include many bells and whistles

Big changes are coming to enhance, beautify and improve the safety of the main entranceway into Chemainus.

Residents and business people got their first look at the Municipality of North Cowichan’s detailed plans for the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project during a meeting Tuesday at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre.

The upgrading of the portion of Chemainus Road between Henry Road and Victoria Street isn’t a surprise. It’s been in the works for a considerable period of time as part of the Municipality’s Chemainus Town Centre Revitalization Plan dating back to 2011.

Community input was received long before North Cowichan formulated its plans, taking all aspects of vehicle, pedestrian and cycling requirements into account. There are many bells and whistles included, with the long-anticipated and debated roundabout at River Road and Chemainus Road that required land acquisition to extend the intersection as the star attraction.

The road upgrade will also include: major stormwater, sewer and water utilities work, road widening, cycling lanes and streetscape improvements. Part of the plan is to make an improved connection for motorists and pedestrians, who’d like the community to become more walkable.

The many features to help make the corridor more attractive include: benches, decorative street lamps, landscaping and grass boulevards, paver stones, garbage receptacles and signage.

“The theme of all the street furniture will match Waterwheel Park,” explained North Cowichan’s Manager of Engineering Barb Thomas.

A timeline has been established for the work, beginning in late September with construction for sewer main replacement and new storm mains. Construction will start for water main replacement by late October or early November followed by partial sidewalk repairs necessitated by the underground construction in late November.

“Construction will not occur through the winter,” said Thomas. “We’ll leave it all nice and tidy for you, patch the gravel and start again in the spring.”

Construction for road surface improvements commences in the spring of 2020 and the estimated completion will be fall 2020.

Concerns about traffic flow during construction were expressed at the meeting by residents living in the vicinity of the work zones.

“There will always be (at least) single-lane alternating traffic,” Thomas indicated. “There will be some delays. That will be unavoidable.”

“We can shift traffic from one side to the other by eliminating parking during construction,” added Director of Engineering Dave Conway.

“For the most part we’re able to maintain two-way traffic on Chemainus Road.”

Randy Huber of the Chemainus Theatre asked about the number of parking spots along Chemainus Road when the project is completed. Those spots are significant to the theatre during performances.

“The parking spaces will be slightly modified from where it is today,” said Conway.

More formal parking stalls will be created on both sides of Chemainus Road to better organize street parking for businesses and tourists, but there won’t be a larger number of them.

For now, the project ends at Victoria Street and no alterations will be made to that intersection. Plans are in the works for another roundabout there, however, in a future phase.

Many more details on the project can be found on the North Cowichan website.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

One of the charts showing the primary features of the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project. (Photo by Don Bodger)

One of the charts showing the primary features of the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project. (Photo by Don Bodger)

More on what the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project will look like. (Photo by Don Bodger)

More on what the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project will look like. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Many interested residents and business people pack into the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre for a meeting on the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Many interested residents and business people pack into the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre for a meeting on the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Director of Engineering Dave Conway at one of the display charts outlining North Cowichan’s plans for the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Director of Engineering Dave Conway at one of the display charts outlining North Cowichan’s plans for the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade project. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Municipality holds informational meeting Tuesday at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre on the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Municipality holds informational meeting Tuesday at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre on the Chemainus Road corridor upgrade. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Just Posted

The Lake Cowichan Legion received federal funding in December, 2020 to help the organization weather the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted)
Lake Cowichan Legion receives federal COVID-19 assistance funding

Can be used for expenses such as insurance, utilities, rent or mortgages, property taxes, and wages.

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: Do you know someone who should not be driving?

We are currently living about 10 years longer than our ability to drive safely.

Chris Wilkinson
Chris Wilkinson column: Time to slow down to speed up

In a society where we learn (are forced?) to multitask like crazy

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Shawnigan Lake School. (Citizen file photo)
UPDATED: Island Health reports COVID-19 exposure at Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School has been added to the list of schools in… Continue reading

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

The sky above Mt. Benson in Nanaimo is illuminated by flares as search and rescuers help an injured hiker down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Search and Rescue)
Search plane lights up Nanaimo mountain with flares during icy rope rescue

Rescuers got injured hiker down Mt. Benson to a waiting ambulance Saturday night

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Nanaimo hospital

Two staff members and one patient have tested positive, all on the same floor

Most Read