North Courtenay Connector
The North Courtenay Connector will improve the connection between Highway 19 and North Courtenay, allowing for better access to key destinations in the region.
The proposed road will be situated 3 kilometers north of the Courtenay City centre, near the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. The roadway will run west from Dove Creek Road at Headquarters Road to Piercy Road – where Piercy continues to Highway 19.
The North Courtenay Connector will include:
- Approximately 700 metres of new two-lane road alignment as well as a new, two-lane bridge across the Tsolum River to replace the temporary one lane structure currently located on Dove Creek Road
- Improved safety for people walking and biking through improved shoulders along the roadway
- A continuous route between Headquarters Road and Piercy Road with no stop signs or signal lights
- Widening and paving the shoulders along Piercy Road west of the new alignment and bridge location up to Condensory Road
The estimated total project cost for the North Courtenay Connector is $15 million. Funding for the project is being provided by the Province of B.C.
The North Courtenay Connector project was initiated with intent on strengthening the Comox Valley’s north connection to the Island Highway.
The proposed route for the new connection was selected based on geotechnical and environmental investigations, archaeological assessments, functional design work, early consultation with key stakeholders, and feedback received at a public open house.
Construction has started on the new alignment on the east side of the river including clearing and compacting the grade in preparation for the main construction contract to be tendered this winter. This advanced work is being undertaken using locally hired individual pieces of equipment with the intent to prep the alignment to allow for an early spring start on the remaining road and bridge works. Without this advanced construction work, access to the new bridge crossing site and typical unsuitable ground conditions in the area during the spring would have hindered progress next year.
The main bridge and road works contractor is now anticipated to begin in early 2017 and have the new alignment opened to traffic by fall 2017. Any delays on the adjacent road network during construction will be communicated to the public as needed, however impacts are anticipated to be minor due to the new alignment largely being well separated away from the existing roads.
Public Consultation & Design
A public information session was held March 15, 2016.