As construction of the Site C dam continues into December, B.C. Hydro has released the construction schedule for the next two weeks. Expect to see more road maintenance in the area, construction of a temporary bridge will continue and security gates and fences will be installed. See the full schedule below.
The following construction activities are scheduled to occur December 7 to December 20:
- The worker accommodation contractor will continue site preparation for the camp. Construction of buildings will continue and modular dormitory units are being transported to the dam site.
- Clearing, excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank of the dam site.
- Excavation and in-river roadwork will continue in and around the Peace River at the dam site.
- Construction of the temporary Peace River construction bridge will continue. Pile driving will be used to construct the bridge.
- A temporary bridge will be constructed across the Moberly River, near the confluence of the Moberly and Peace rivers.
- Installation of the public safety buoys will continue, approximately 3.0 kilometres upstream and 3.5 kilometres downstream of the dam site.
- Vegetation and tree clearing will occur in the area in and around the confluence of the Moberly River and along the Peace River.
- Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry.
- Clearing and other work will continue on the south bank around access roads.
- Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.
- Security gates, fences and guard buildings will be installed.
- A helicopter may be used to move timber from clearing areas to storage areas on the north and south banks.
- Installation of a new 25 kV distribution line will continue along public roads on the north bank.
Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.
What to Expect
While this work takes place, local area residents can expect the following:
- There will be additional truck traffic in the area as construction crews mobilize to the dam site, the hauling of rock and timber continues, and as modular camp units are transported to site. This will include increased industrial traffic on the resource roads from Chetwynd leading to the site on the south bank.
- Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends.
- Work to construct the temporary Peace River construction bridge will take place seven days per week, with periodic pile driving.
- Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry.
- Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities. BC Hydro will monitor noise levels throughout the construction period.
- The public safety buoys will mark the dam site and notify boaters of the construction area and boating restrictions. Until further notice, boaters will be able to pass through the public safety buoys and travel through the dam site, but shoreline access in this area will be restricted.
- For boater and worker safety, boaters will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas, which will be clearly identified with additional signage and markings.
- Some noise will result from the helicopter — which may be in use periodically during this period — as felled wood is flown to a storage area for further processing.
- Visit the project website: sitecproject.com