Chemainus Road Upgrade Project Goes Ahead

(North Cowichan, BC) - The final pieces are now in place for planned improvements to Chemainus Road between Victoria Road and Henry Road. These improvements include road widening, which necessitated an acquisition of private land on the east side of the road. We are pleased to announce that both Western Forest Products and Mosaic Forest Management have now entered into final agreements with North Cowichan, allowing us to acquire the lands in question. As a result, the full Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project can now proceed to completion.

This project was put out to tender in fall of 2019, with two scheduled phases. Phase 1 began in November 2019, with underground utility upgrades that are scheduled to be completed by this spring. Phase 2, the above ground surface work – including the installation of a roundabout at Chemainus and River Roads – is scheduled to take approximately seven months, with completion of the entire project slated for this fall.

Mayor Al Siebring said “I want to recognize the hard work of our staff in acquiring this land. The decision to start the work last fall, even before the formal land acquisition was complete, has now paid off. Staff held on to the vision and kept the end goal in sight, and after 9 years of discussions, this project is now set for completion.”

Work will continue with removal of trees on the newly acquired land to facilitate completion of the new water main, Telus line relocation, fence construction, and road widening including sidewalk and bicycle lane infrastructure on the both sides of Chemainus Road. Staff and contractors are doing their best to minimize traffic interruptions and inconvenience to residents and commuters in the area.
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Media Contact:
John Dehoop, Manager, Infrastructure
Engineering Services