FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews continue to work on the Site C Dam project south of Fort St. John. Over the next two weeks, logging trucks will be hauling timber from the site and excavation will continue on the north and south banks. Construction is also expected to start on the viewpoint on the north bank of the Peace River, above the dam site. See the full construction schedule below.
Site C Construction Schedule: August 22 – September 4
The following construction activities are scheduled to occur August 22 – September 4:
Dam site area
- The main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews and equipment.
- Logging trucks will be hauling timber from the site.
- Construction of the worker accommodation lodge will continue, including the river water intake.
- Excavation will continue on the north (left) and south (right) banks.
- Drilling and installation of geotechnical instrumentation will continue on the south bank.
- Work will continue on the south bank drainage tunnel.
- Geotechnical investigations and site preparation will occur to support the construction of the south bank cofferdam. Construction will begin on the cofferdam and the approach channel, including approach channel excavation.
- The placement of riprap will continue along sections of the south bank shore.
- Aggregate rock will be crushed on the south bank and work will continue to construct concrete batch plants.
- Work will continue to construct a storage site for excavated surplus material on the south bank, to the east of the confluence of the Moberly and Peace rivers. Work may begin to construct a storage site on the north bank of the Peace River, to the west of the temporary Peace River construction bridge.
- South bank access roads will be constructed. Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.
- Construction will continue on the new rail siding on the south bank.
- Work will begin to construct the Moberly River construction bridge. This will include pile driving.
Other work areas
- Work will begin to construct the viewpoint on the north bank of the Peace River, above the dam site.
- Work will continue to extend an existing distribution line on Old Fort Road to a building at the entrance of Myca Pit.
- The main civil works contractor may mobilize to the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.
- The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor will continue working on 240 Road and Old Fort Road. The construction on Old Fort Road requires that the pavement be removed between the bottom of the curve and the access to Myca Pit, resulting in a gravel surface for approximately one month.
- BC Hydro’s contractor will begin work on 271 Road.
- Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry and trucks will haul material from the quarry to the dam site.
- Geotechnical investigations will continue for the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.
- Survey work and staking will occur along the transmission line right-of-way between the Site C project and Peace Canyon. Some clearing may be required.
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 truck traffic on public roads as construction crews mobilize and the hauling of rock and timber continues. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to the site on the south bank.
- Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry. Material hauling may occur at night.
- Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including pile driving for the Moberly River construction bridge. BC Hydro will continue to monitor noise levels.
- Early morning and 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 240 Road, Old Fort Road and 271 Road.
Note: In BC Hydro’s technical documents, the north bank may be referred to as the left bank and the south bank may be referred to as the right bank.