Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc. continues work around the River Road roundabout. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc. continues work around the River Road roundabout. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Road construction work extending into February

Difficult project to keep a very busy road open while rebuilding it as well

The Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project won’t be finished by the end of the year as had been hoped at one time.

The update on the completion of work by Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc. is still within the winter 2021 time frame, but most likely not until mid-February.

“Weather, of course, will play a large factor in the work schedule,” noted John Dehoop, the Municipality of North Cowichan’s manager of infrastructure. “The hope is that we don’t get too much deep frost in January and February.”

Some delays are due to the supply chain from COVID, but largely because of inclement weather.

As for upcoming traffic delays, most will be periodic and moderate in length. Most days workmen will be off to the side of the road.

What’s left to finish is the electrical works, hard and soft landscaping, benches and fencing.

“There is a bit of concrete work for the last of the garden curbs in front of the Green Lantern and Silver Mine,” added Dehoop.

The contractor is working diligently and committed to finishing the project as soon as possible, he noted.

Dehoop expressed his greatest appreciation for the community’s ongoing patience and understanding.

“It is not easy keeping a very busy road open while re-building it at the same time,” he indicated. “It does slow down construction and really bogs down traffic. Traffic management has been one of our largest challenges in this project.”

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Sidewalk on the east side of Chemainus Road provides a completely different look at the entrance into Chemainus from the south. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sidewalk on the east side of Chemainus Road provides a completely different look at the entrance into Chemainus from the south. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s been a challenge at times to keep part of the River Road roundabout open while still working on it. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s been a challenge at times to keep part of the River Road roundabout open while still working on it. (Photo by Don Bodger)