Bowen Road upgrades coming soon

Night construction starts June 8


The City of Nanaimo will be upgrading underground infrastructure and the roadway on Bowen Road between the Old Island Highway (Highway 19A) and Labieux Road beginning June 8, 2020. Construction will take place at night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and is expected to be complete in November 2020.

Noteworthy project improvements include watermain replacement, new road surface, center medians, pedestrian safety improvements, raised cycle lanes and right-sized travel lanes. For further information, updates and frequently asked questions, please visit the project website at

Link to Strategic Plan: This project supports the strategic priorities of making Nanaimo a livable and environmentally responsible community.

Key Points

  • Construction will occur at night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and is expected to last from June 8 to November 2020.
  • Please exercise caution, obey all signage, and follow the directions of the flagpersons on duty.
  • During this construction period, expect traffic disruptions and delays.
  • Copcan Civil Ltd, a Nanaimo contractor, will be building the project on behalf of the City.


"The Bowen Road project upholds the City’s asset management goals and provides safety improvements by properly distributing space for all user groups. Every effort will be made to keep local disruptions to a minimum. We thank you in advance for your patience during construction."

Engineering Projects
City of Nanaimo

Quick Facts

  • The safety improvements being incorporated into Bowen Road are from the Provincial Government's Community Road Safety Toolkit - a knowledge source about road safety designs and strategies that local governments can implement to improve road safety outcomes.


Annalisa Fipke P.Eng.
Engineering Projects
City of Nanaimo

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