FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The main civil works contractor continues to mobilize crews and equipment at the construction site. See the entire construction schedule for the next two weeks below. Work will also continue at the Wuthrich Quarry site that will include periodic blasting.
The following construction activities are scheduled to occur May 2 – May 15:
- The main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews and equipment to the dam site area. This will include the preparation of site offices, a parking lot, and laydown and stockpile areas. Survey work and siteinvestigations will occur on the north and south banks. Earthworks are expected to begin, including the construction of dikes and other work in the Peace River back channel on the south bank. Excavation may commence for the south bank drainage tunnel and on the north bank slope.
- The grinding and processing of wood waste will occur on the north bank.
- Construction of the worker accommodation lodge and other buildings will continue.
- 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.
- The placement of riprap may continue along sections of the south bank shore at the dam site.
- Clearing and grinding of wood waste will continue on the south bank. South bank access roads will be constructed.
- Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.
- Work will continue to construct the temporary substation on the south bank and to construct distribution lines on the south bank to supply power from the temporary substation.
- Security gates and guard buildings will be installed in the dam site area.
- Crews are expected to begin work to extend an existing distribution line on Old Fort Road to a building at the entrance of Myca Pit. This will include surveying, staking and some clearing.
- Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry.
- Vegetation and tree clearing will continue at Portage Mountain Quarry to accommodate future work.
- Contractors have mobilized and are currently working on public roads.
- Geotechnical investigations will continue along the right-of-way for the 500 kV transmission line.
- Geotechnical investigations will occur along Highway 29 at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.
- Site-wide erosion and sediment measures will continue to be implemented.
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:
- Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry.
- Some noise will result from the vegetation and tree clearing at Portage Mountain Quarry.
- There will be truck traffic on public roads 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.
- 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 continue to monitor noise levels.
- Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, as well as shifts on the weekends.
- For boater and worker safety, boats will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas. These areas are clearly identified with signage and markings.
- There will be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on public roads.