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City mayor, deputy manager update major road construction projects

We’re into the full-blown construction season in Campbell River.

Deputy city manager Ron Neufeld is reminding you to take care near work zones set up around the city.

“Hilchey Road/Penfield area is going to see a fairly significant water main replacement project start, that of course (is) added to the (Lower) Island Highway project,” Neufeld said. 

“Those are the larger projects but there are other smaller projects throughout town, as well. We just remind people to use caution as they go through those construction zones, and keep everybody safe.”

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Mayor Andy Adams said it wouldn’t be spring and summer without road construction, but he called these particular projects “significant.”

Construction on Highway 19A started up again this past February.

Work on the final stretch of the three-year upgrade project, north from Rockland Road to First Avenue, is expected to continue for the rest of the yea. 

In some cases, single-lane, alternating traffic or temporary closures will be required.

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In the first two years of the three-year Waterfront Project, roughly two kilometres of new sewer and water pipes have been installed along Highway 19A north from Rockland Road. 

This year’s construction continued to update water, sewer, storm drains and the community’s seaside transportation route.

“They’re really major, they’re really complex, and just a huge shout out to Wacor (Holdings Ltd.), one of the contractors on the (Highway) 19A, that have done a great job trying to keep the traffic flowing where they can, but more importantly, just a big thank you to all the motorists, the cyclists, the sea-walkers for their patience and understanding as we work through what is what is one of our largest and most complex projects that the city has undertaken.”

Adams called the Rotary Sea Walk is Campbell River’s signature piece.

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Neufeld added that the majority of the Highway 19A project should be done before the end of the calendar year.

“In spring, there will be the final touches with respect to landscaping but certainly by next summer it should be up and running and fully complete,” Neufeld said.

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