It’s never over until it’s over, but the end is in sight.
By now, folks driving along Chemainus Road are long used to seeing workers all along the Corridor Upgrade Project section of the road but fewer and fewer all the time as Milestone Equipment Contracting landscape employees get down to the finishing touches.
John Dehoop, North Cowichan’s manager of infrastructure, noted the project is about 98 per cent complete.
They’ve been working on a final walk-through this week and then identifying some deficiencies that may take about another two weeks.
Some of the remaining things that needed to be done as of the start of the week, according to Dehoop, included: refreshing paint lines and seat backs on benches in front of the Green Lantern Hotel.
Orange cones/posts will remain in front of the mid-block flasher crossing, he added, until two parking stalls are removed. There have been complaints about sight lines for those who don’t push the button when they cross and that people can’t be seen behind parked vans or big trucks.
The construction staging area where a gravel pile exists now will be turned into a park or green space soon as well. Trees will be added to the grass area in the weeks to follow across the street from Gerry Smith Park.
At some point, there will be a ribbon cutting or commemoration of the project’s completion.