Columbia Avenue Phase 2 is now complete. (L-R) City councillors Bryan Bogle, Dan Rye, Cherryl MacLeod, Mayor Kirk Duff and councillor Bergen Price Photo: City of Castlegar

Columbia Avenue Phase 2 is now complete. (L-R) City councillors Bryan Bogle, Dan Rye, Cherryl MacLeod, Mayor Kirk Duff and councillor Bergen Price Photo: City of Castlegar

Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue Phase 2 project now complete

Project finished on time and on budget

Submitted by City of Castlegar

Construction on the Columbia Avenue Redevelopment Project – Phase 2 is now complete.

This joint project between the City of Castlegar and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure began in February 2021. It included extensive upgrades to Columbia Avenue/Highway 22 from 18th to 24th Street, including:

• adding a two-way center turn lane to improve vehicle safety and traffic flow

• creating 1.4 km of safe cycle lanes for cyclists and other active transportation

• repaving Columbia Avenue/Highway 22

• replacing 1.6 km of aging and undersized storm sewer from the 1960s and installing new concrete curb and gutter

• replacing 1.5 km of aging water mains and services

• connecting existing and new sidewalks

• two new water fountains

• 40 new trees

• seven new benches

• two new bus shelters

• 13 new planters

• eight new hydrants

• nine new large sculpture pads.

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“We know major construction projects can be an inconvenience but Copcan, the project contractor, worked hard to minimize impacts to residents, businesses, and commuters,” says Kirk Duff, the City of Castlegar Mayor. “We sincerely appreciate the patience shown by the community while completing these important upgrades to our city and we are very proud of the way the project went.”

Phase 2 of the Columbia Avenue Redevelopment Project was completed on time and on budget.

The cost of the $8.27 million project was split with the City of Castlegar covering approximately $5.35 million of the contract and the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure covering $2.9 million.

“People in Castlegar will benefit for decades to come from this new infrastructure, safety improvements, and investment in active transportation,” said Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “It’s great to see the timely completion of this project.”

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