New $6.8M active transportation bridge coming to Courtenay

New $6.8M active transportation bridge coming to Courtenay
The 5th Street bridge in Courtenay is pictured in this file photo.

Residents in the Comox Valley will soon have another option to cross the Courtenay River.

The City of Courtenay, federal and provincial governments are teaming up to invest more than $6.8 million for a new active transportation bridge.

The 6th Street Active Transportation Bridge project will construct a new four-meter-wide river crossing, creating a safe and accessible alternative route to encourage sustainable and active commuting options for residents.

“The City of Courtenay has been working on plans for an active transportation bridge on 6th Street for many years, so this major funding is incredible news,” said Bob Wells, Mayor of the City of Courtenay.

“The bridge is going to fill in a key link in the city’s commuter network for people who walk, cycle and roll, and make it easier to travel to our vibrant downtown.”

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The project will provide cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized transportation users with a key connection from the bottom of 6th Street to Simms Millennium Park and the extensive trail networks on both sides of the Courtenay River.

Wells said the new bridge will also help build connections to current and future active transportation routes in east and west Courtenay.

“We’re truly excited and looking forward to finally moving this project forward,” he added.

In a release, Jonathan Wilkinson, Federal Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said investing in active transportation is important as it is investing in the well-being of a community.

“These investments speak to our commitment to building a community where residents feel connected and supported,” Wilkinson said. “By fostering safer, greener, and more active travel options, we’re creating a community where everyone, regardless of age or mobility, can enjoy a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.”

The federal government is investing $2.5 million into this project through the Active Transportation Fund (ATF).

The province is investing $1-million through the Growing Communities Fund, and the City of Courtenay is contributing $3.4 million.

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