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City warns of traffic delays and detours as infrastructure upgrades begin near Beban Park

Major road and water projects synchronized to minimize disruption
Traffic delays and detours are planned throughout March as work crews install water infrastructure under Bowen Road. (News Bulletin file photo)

Road reconstruction and water infrastructure projects will impact residents in the Bowen Road area around Beban Park this month.

The city is coordinating work on the Midtown Gateway project and midtown water supply project. The approach is designed to maximize efficiency, but will restrict access and delay traffic, the City of Nanaimo noted in a press release.

The southern Bowen Road access to Beban Park will be closed 24 hours per day to all vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic, the city noted. All parking lots, facilities and amenities within Beban Park will remain open during construction, but some areas will be fenced off and restricted to construction personnel, for safety reasons.

Pedestrians using the Bowen Road sidewalk adjacent to the park will be detoured to the sidewalk on the opposite side of Bowen Road.

From March 11 to 26, there will be alternating lane closures on Bowen Road 24 hours a day, and drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible to avoid delays.

Rosstown Road at the intersection of Bowen Road will be closed to vehicle access 24 hours per day and motorists are asked to detour via Pheasant Terrace and Labieux Road.

There will be no public transit service along Rosstown Road or Pheasant Terrace while road work is happening, and bus riders are asked to use existing bus stops on Labieux Road and visit for more information.

Construction work will happen Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will move to 24 hours per day from March 11-26 “to complete work across Bowen Road as quickly as possible and minimize disruption,” the city said.

All businesses will remain open and accessible.

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