FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro continues to move forward with construction of the Site C dam. In the next two weeks, construction will continue on the worker accommodation lodge with more buildings arriving on site. Excavation and clearing will continue on the north bank along with vegetation and tree clearing near the Moberly and Peace Rivers. See the full list of construction plans below.
Site C Construction Schedule: January 11 to January 24
The following construction activities are scheduled to occur January 11 to January 24:
- Construction of the worker accommodation lodge and other buildings will continue, as modular dormitory units are transported to the dam site and installed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.
- Security gates, fences, guard buildings and mobile trailers 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.
- Installation of a new telecommunications fibre cable will begin along public roads on the north bank.
- The main civil works contractor is expected to begin mobilization of crews and equipment to the dam site area in January.
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 residents can expect the following:
- There will be additional truck traffic in the area as construction crews mobilize, the hauling of rock and timber continues, and as modular camp units are transported to site. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to the site on the south bank.
- Work to construct the temporary Peace River construction bridge will take place seven days per week, with periodic pile driving.
- Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends. 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.
- Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry.
- 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.
Protecting Bald Eagles
- Two inactive Bald Eagle nests may be removed from Tea Island in the Peace River.
- BC Hydro and its contractors will take great care to avoid or mitigate effects on active Bald Eagle nests during Site C construction. No active Bald Eagle nests will be disturbed, and BC Hydro will only remove or relocate Bald Eagle nests when they are confirmed inactive, following a period of monitoring and confirmation by a qualified professional, and in accordance with our permits under the Wildlife Act. For more information, please visit sitecproject.com.