One of the bridges linking the communities of Comox and Courtenay is closed all weekend long.
The 5th Street Bridge has been closed since 7 p.m. Friday in order to allow crews to carry out rehabilitation work that has been ongoing for more than a year. The bridge will reopen on Sunday (Feb. 6) at 8 p.m.
The City of Courtenay says the decision to close the bridge was not taken lightly but doing so allows crews to complete the final concrete pour for the rehab project.
“Closing the bridge for 48 hours will allow crews to complete the final concrete pour and limit vehicle vibration which is critical to ensuring the integrity of the concrete. The closure will also allow crews to complete other remaining deck work required to reopen the bridge to two-way traffic this month,” the city said in a news release.
Alternate routes available are the 17th Street Bridge, Condensory Bridge – Anderton Avenue to Condensory Road, and North Connector – Piercy Road.
The rehabilitation project has been ongoing since April 2021is budgeted at a cost of $6.5 million. Once completed, the city says the rehab will extend the useful service life of the bridge “well into the future.”