City to widen bridge along Gertrude St.

Cyclists travelling on the Gertrude Street vehicle bridge will have a little more room soon, according to city engineer Guy Cicon.

The foot bridge running parallel to the Gertrude Street vehicle bridge over Kitsuksis Creek will divert pedestrian traffic.

Cyclists travelling on the Gertrude Street vehicle bridge will have a little more room soon, according to city engineer Guy Cicon.

“The existing substructure itself is sound but there isn’t enough strength or capacity in the substructure to make the road really wide—we’re widening the road a little bit,” Cicon told city council on Monday night.

“That will accommodate cycling lanes on each side but pedestrians we’re guiding down to the new foot bridge that we put in just upstream last year. We’ve got an interesting combination there.”

It was also cheaper to separate out the pedestrians, Cicon added.

Following a tender process, the vehicle bridge widening will be completed by K&G Installations at a cost of $249,500—just $500 under what was allocated for the project.

Coun. Jack McLeman inquired as to whether cyclists could traverse Kitsuksis Creek via the pedestrian bridge.

“Is there no way we can put cyclists over the foot path over the creek and just have [the vehicle bridge] a bit wider for vehicles?” said McLeman.

“To me cycling lanes are one of the most dangerous things on any city streets.”

Cicon said that wasn’t a good option.

“I think you have to be a cyclist to understand why you wouldn’t force the cyclist down off the road, onto a bridge and up the other side,” he said.

“Cyclists want to go from A to B as effectively and efficiently as possible. There’s room for the cyclists and traffic with the bridge widening that we’re proposing.”

Cicon said that work on the bridge will start soon and that traffic disruption will result.

“There will be traffic disruptions and we’ll try to manage those the best we can,” he said.

Five bids were submitted for the project in total, with Bowerman Excavating being the only local company.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Septic truck rolls over without a spill west of Port Alberni

Single vehicle crash took place on Klekhoot Crescent

Vancouver Island partners sign hull design contract for floating LNG project

Steelhead LNG and partner Huu-ay-aht First Nations say the agreement was signed in Barcelona

RAISE A READER 2018: Port Alberni popup book event a success

First Book Canada brought 16,000 books for distribution in B.C.-wide event

ARTS AROUND: Port Alberni husband and wife team showcase their art

Art and Linda Campbell join the Rollin Art Centre until Oct. 12

Knacker’s Yard brings Celtic sound to Port Alberni

Eight-piece band will be returning to Alberni Valley for a west coast party

Sproat Lake hosts fall dragon boat regatta

Port Alberni’s Sproat Ness Dragons earn third place

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read