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City revising Highway 19A upgrades schedule to reduce the spread of COVID-19

It will take longer than expected to get rid of the overhead power lines by the big rock. 

The City of Campbell River says it’s making some changes to its Highway 19A upgrades schedule, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Moving the power lines along the highway underground, between Rockland Road and the Big Rock Boat Ramp, will now be postponed to 2021.

While most road work in the area will be finished this year, the pandemic is slowing down the schedule for BC Hydro, who does the underground powerline work.

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 “We know the community is eager to see this work completed, and to see the benefits of the many upgrades included as a part of this intensive project,” said Mayor Andy Adams.

“We look forward to continuing work with our partners, and Campbell River residents, to see this project complete as soon as possible.”

The Highway 19A project has already seen significant underground services replaced, with work now focused above ground to create the new roadway, sidewalks, park spaces, curbs, bike lanes and parking areas.

Most of this work can still be completed this year.

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Moving power lines into the already-installed underground infrastructure could begin in late-January, though the city says it will depend on weather and crew availability during the winter season.

The landscaping throughout the full project was already scheduled to be completed next spring. 

The city adds construction work along the highway is expected to be complete in November, with Rockland Road reopening and remaining open through 2021.

For more information on the project and what’s to come, click here.

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