infrastructure

A section of Hammond Bay Road was closed for several hours Wednesday, June 22, after a crane truck became entangled in communication lines and rolled on its side. There were no injuries reported. (Photo: Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Crane truck flips after tangling in communications wire in Nanaimo

No injuries, but incident blocked north Nanaimo road for seven hours

 

The entrance to the Port Hardy swimming pool. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

New timeline announced for reopening of Port Hardy’s swimming pool

Mayor confident they will be able to finish the project by the end of March

 

Work crews will be resurfacing and doing patch repairs to Highway 1 and 18 this summer. (File photo)

Highway resurfacing, patching, begins this week in Duncan area

Resurfacing and patch repairs scheduled for Highways 1 and 18

  • Jun 22, 2022

 

Rogers Communications says Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to receive the company’s high-speed, high-capacity 3500 MHz 5G service. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Nanaimo first Canadian city to connect to Rogers Communications’ new high-capacity network

Company says 3500 MHz 5G will benefit commercial, industrial, public-sector and home clients

Rogers Communications says Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to receive the company’s high-speed, high-capacity 3500 MHz 5G service. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
A freighter anchors near the mouth of Cowichan Bay. (John McKinley file)

City of Duncan adds voice to opposing commercial anchorages in local waters

Authorities particularly concerned about Cowichan Bay where treatment plant’s outflow is planned

A freighter anchors near the mouth of Cowichan Bay. (John McKinley file)
Work on installing a new roof is slated to start in May at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. Council approved an increased budget for the project to match the nearly $1.8 million bid from Universal Sheet Metal Ltd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Budget boost needed for new roof at Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Market conditions in oil, labour blamed for jump in costs; work likely to start in May

Work on installing a new roof is slated to start in May at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. Council approved an increased budget for the project to match the nearly $1.8 million bid from Universal Sheet Metal Ltd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Currently the Galloping Goose Regional Trail through Colwood is blocked by Wale Road and Island Highway. A new overpass would allow users to pass safely over Island Highway. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Funding finalized for Galloping Goose connector over busy Colwood road

Design work for Island Highway overpass starting in 2023, projected completion 2026

Currently the Galloping Goose Regional Trail through Colwood is blocked by Wale Road and Island Highway. A new overpass would allow users to pass safely over Island Highway. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Community group calls for an end of commercial anchorages in southern Gulf Islands area. (File photo)

Community groups call for end of anchorages in local waters

There are 33 commercial anchorages in southern Gulf Islands waters

Community group calls for an end of commercial anchorages in southern Gulf Islands area. (File photo)
This photo from Conny Amelunxen, a snow avalanche forecaster and photographer, was taken Nov. 19, 2021, four days after the landslide that destroyed a portion of Highway 99, also called the Duffey Lake Road, and claimed the lives of five people. The landslide, at the right, can be seen leaving the logging road and heading down to Highway 99. (Contributed)

‘Predictable and preventable’: Engineer says abandoned logging road contributed to fatal B.C. landslide

Fingers pointed only at intense storms when resource roads may be at root of many slides in province

This photo from Conny Amelunxen, a snow avalanche forecaster and photographer, was taken Nov. 19, 2021, four days after the landslide that destroyed a portion of Highway 99, also called the Duffey Lake Road, and claimed the lives of five people. The landslide, at the right, can be seen leaving the logging road and heading down to Highway 99. (Contributed)
Courtenay’s 5th Street Bridge is slated to reopen Thursday. File photo

5th Street Bridge in Courtenay to reopen Thursday

An ongoing Comox Valley roadwork project that has tested the patience of…

Courtenay’s 5th Street Bridge is slated to reopen Thursday. File photo
It’s local traffic only during the day while the District of Saanich undertakes water main replacement on Forrester Road. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)

Traffic flow slow on Forrester Road in Saanich during water main upgrade work

Work happening 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday to Feb. 21, local traffic only at those times

It’s local traffic only during the day while the District of Saanich undertakes water main replacement on Forrester Road. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)
A project at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park will see a new washroom facility built on the site of the old building. The project calls for a number of mature trees to be removed and 16 native trees planted in their place by CRD Parks. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Planned tree removal for new washroom facility at Saanich’s Elk Lake riles park users

Residents call for alternate location, CRD says project adheres to Saanich’s tree protection bylaw

A project at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park will see a new washroom facility built on the site of the old building. The project calls for a number of mature trees to be removed and 16 native trees planted in their place by CRD Parks. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Serving the needs of the community in Guatemala, from left: Tom Andrews, Chemainus Rotary Club, building an addition to a home, providing stoves for several families and nutritional supplements for 50 children for five months; Jacqueline Sheppard, former Rotarian who coordinates linking Rotarians with local Mayan volunteers and families; Gerry Beltgens from the Rotary Club of Ladysmith, who is coordinating an educational program for Mayan villages on Lake Atitlan; and David Sheppard, Chemainus Rotary Club, who is building beds and tables for a local Mayan family. (Photo by Erin Mooney)

Building blocks back in place for Rotary Guatemala project

Presence of club members helps boost the infrastructure and spirits of Mayan villagers

Serving the needs of the community in Guatemala, from left: Tom Andrews, Chemainus Rotary Club, building an addition to a home, providing stoves for several families and nutritional supplements for 50 children for five months; Jacqueline Sheppard, former Rotarian who coordinates linking Rotarians with local Mayan volunteers and families; Gerry Beltgens from the Rotary Club of Ladysmith, who is coordinating an educational program for Mayan villages on Lake Atitlan; and David Sheppard, Chemainus Rotary Club, who is building beds and tables for a local Mayan family. (Photo by Erin Mooney)
Construction crews working on the Connected Coast connect a subsea fibre line to Ridley Island, outside of Prince Rupert, part of the first 50 kilometres of the build. Photo courtesy CityWest

First 50 km of Connected Coast high-speed internet line laid

Project will connect approximately 90,000 remote coastal households to fibre optic network

Construction crews working on the Connected Coast connect a subsea fibre line to Ridley Island, outside of Prince Rupert, part of the first 50 kilometres of the build. Photo courtesy CityWest
Heavy rain flooded a bridge crossing Reay Creek in Sidney as well the path running along the creek at the bottom of Frost Avenue in mid-November. Town staff recommend eventual relocation of the sewage pump station seen here as a long-term solution. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney infrastructure performed well through November storms, despite some issues

Much of Sidney’s stormwater system needs upsizing based on growth, future rainfall projections

Heavy rain flooded a bridge crossing Reay Creek in Sidney as well the path running along the creek at the bottom of Frost Avenue in mid-November. Town staff recommend eventual relocation of the sewage pump station seen here as a long-term solution. (Black Press Media file photo)
File photo of 5th Street Bridge.

Courtenay bridge project delayed further

City to regroup after abruptly cancelling planned conrete pour

File photo of 5th Street Bridge.
The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich roadway improvements ready to roll this spring and summer

Improvements coming for Gorge Road, Shelbourne Street and other areas

The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)

Saanich disability advocate calls for more inclusive sidewalk, roadway designs

Utility poles on sidewalks one area of improvement needed to help those with mobility challenges

Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)
Oak Bay needs to shift gas tax funds out of Uplands sewer separation project and use other cash instead to retain the highest level of federal grant support. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay makes prudent financial move on Uplands sewer project

Removing gas tax funds from sewer separation budget keeps federal grant portion at 40%

Oak Bay needs to shift gas tax funds out of Uplands sewer separation project and use other cash instead to retain the highest level of federal grant support. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Recent rainstorms and mudslides have brought up questions about water and sewer capacity in the Comox Valley. File photo

Extreme weather raises questions about Comox Valley sewer, water capacity

Comox Valley has dodged a bullet as rainstorms and mudslides, but how prepared is it?

Recent rainstorms and mudslides have brought up questions about water and sewer capacity in the Comox Valley. File photo