Construction on the Columbia Avenue Redevelopment Project beginning March 1

Crews will be clearing brush and trees and removing asphalt

  • Feb. 26, 2021 12:00 a.m.

The project starts with work between 18th Street and 21st Street. In the first week of construction, crews will be marking out existing infrastructure, clearing brush and trees, and removing asphalt. Throughout March residents can expect to see:

· Asphalt removal, excavation and water and sewer utility installation

· Changes in traffic flows, including shifted two-way and single lane alternating traffic when necessary

· Possible temporary relocation of BC Transit bus stops

The contractor is taking several steps to minimize impacts to residents, businesses and commuters but some delays are inevitable. To reduce traffic congestion during the day, some work will be done during the evening and night, with restrictions to timing, noise and light. Access to residences and businesses will always be maintained.

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“We appreciate the community’s patience while completing these important infrastructure upgrades,” says Travis Christianson, the city’s manager of engineering and infrastructure. “The new water and sewer lines are replacing aging infrastructure from the 1960s and this project provides an opportunity to improve active transportation, accessibility and aesthetics.”

“We’re really looking forward to this Castlegar project,” says Don Kelly, Copcan Civil Ltd’s site supervisor. “We have a small and hard working team dedicated to making it a success.”

Visit to sign-up for email updates about the project and find current information. All project inquires should be directed to Copcan Civil Ltd. at or 778-363-2538.

Columbia Avenue Redevelopment Project – Phase 2 is a $10.7 million joint project between the City of Castlegar and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The project includes upgrades to Columbia Avenue/Highway 22 from 18th to 24th Streets and is expected to be complete by fall 2021.
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