North Courtenay Connector - Public Consultation

A public information session was held March 15, 2016 in Courtenay to share the plan with the public and gather feedback on the proposed route. Input was invited on how the new connector may change travel patterns in the community, as well as more general comments on the North Courtenay Connector project.

107 people attended the information session and a total of 35 comment forms were received during the engagement period that ran from March 15-29, 2016.  

Frequently Asked Questions about the North Courtenay Connector

How will traffic operate at the new Headquarters Road/Dove Creek Road intersection?

There will be a stop sign for non-through traffic. Traffic analysis confirmed the majority of traffic will be through traffic (either headed to or coming from Piercy Road). The lower volumes coming and going from Headquarters Road can be accommodated with the proposed stop controlled intersection for years to come.

Can the Reese Bridge be kept in place for non-motorized users?

The Reese Bridge needs to be removed to mitigate environmental and flood conveyance restrictions currently caused by the existing abutments. Once removed, the old bridge approaches will be lowered to naturalize the river bank in that area including new riparian area plantings.

Keeping the existing bridge would mean ongoing maintenance and inspection costs. 

The Reese Bridge will be available for use as a temporary structure where needed elsewhere in B.C.

Why wasn’t a more direct route to Vanier Drive pursued?

Several alternative alignments were reviewed. The final route was selected as the most appropriate context-sensitive design option.

  • Impacts to active farm property and residential property are reduced
  • Impacts to the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds are avoided
  • Location and configuration of the bridge crossing of Tsolum River reduces environmental impact as much as possible

How are you planning for the annual flooding in this area?

A detailed analysis of flood conditions was undertaken using data on historical flows over the past 50 years.  Using past studies and a new project-specific hydraulic modeling analysis, an estimate of the 200 year flow water surface elevation was calculated for our design. Climate change effects to river and sea levels were also considered in establishing the bridge and road profiles.

In the design, the underside of the proposed bridge and the road grade will be above this elevation to prevent restrictions to flows in the main river channel and to ensure this road remains open for regional access and emergency response during flood events.

We will also be building flood relief culverts in the roadway embankments across the floodplain. With the flood relief culverts, hydraulic modeling indicates that essentially no increase in 200 year flow water levels will result from the construction of new road embankment. The new alignment and drainage system will allow floodplain surface water to flow.

The removal of the existing Reese Bridge and abutments will help mitigate any increase in flooding.