Phase One of Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project Completed

The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to announce that installation of underground services has been completed, marking the end of Phase One of the Chemainus Road Upgrade Project. In collaboration with CopCan Civil Ltd., staff worked to complete this portion of the project safely and on schedule. Despite some challenges relating to COVID-19, Phase Two will commence as planned in early-to-mid July and is expected to be completed by mid-to-late November.

 A tender has now been released to obtain a contractor to undertake Phase Two of the upgrade project. The competition will close on June 23, 2020. The successful proponent will be announced once a contract is in place. Phase Two work will include a new roundabout; sidewalk; paved bike lanes and newly paved roadway; landscaping and rain gardens; new signage; and new fencing on the east side of Chemainus Road.

 Since Chemainus Road is the main entrance and exit route for the community of Chemainus, staff have committed to ensuring this road is never fully closed during the upgrade project. Chemainus Road will remain open in both directions until mid-July when the second phase of work begins. At this time, there will likely be some disruptions, including single-lane traffic and detours. In addition, over the next six weeks, Telus will be carrying out ongoing sensitive fibre optic work, which may cause minor traffic delays. Information about detours during the next phase of work, along with regular project updates, will be available on our website and Facebook page. 

 “I am thrilled to see Phase One of the Chemainus Road Upgrade Project come to an end and preparation for Phase Two begin,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “This work was identified in the 2011 Chemainus Town Revitalization Plan and will improve the community of Chemainus. I am happy we were able to safely complete this project despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he concluded.

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Media Contact:         
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117