Start on Chemainus River Bridge replacement delayed until June 17

More time needed to plant power poles; detours around work on the new $5-million span are necessary until Oct. 17

Replacement of the Chemainus River Bridge has been delayed a week, allowing more time for power-pole relocation, North Cowichan staff says.

Construction was to start today. It will now span June 17 and Oct. 17.

Staff said the delay for safety and engineering reasons, followed BC Hydro crews hitting rock when preparing to erect new poles.

Starting Monday, all traffic — from people, cars and trucks to bicycles — will be re-routed to the Trans-Canada Highway.

There will be access to driveways for local traffic.

A map of re-routing to the highway is on North Cowichan’s website.

The $5-million project, funded by provincial gas-tax money, will see the rustic, wooden structure, located near Pinson’s Corner between Swallowfield and Ashcroft Roads, demolished.

The modern bridge will boast a walkway/bike path on both sides, according to John Mackay, North Cowichan’s director of engineering and operations.

Jacob Brothers Contracting is doing the construction. Sure Span of Duncan is supplying all steel for the bridge.

Northbound drivers who normally use the route will have to turn onto Mount Sicker Road, and back onto the TCH to avoid the construction zone.

Drivers heading south will have to detour back in Chemainus at Henry Road, and onto the TCH.

For more, call municipal hall at 250-746-3100.