FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the latest construction schedule for the Site C dam. Crews are expected to start construction of dikes and other work in preparation to create the back channel on the south side of the Peace River. See the full construction schedule below.
The following construction activities are scheduled to occur May 16 – May 29:
- The main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews and equipment to the dam site area. This will include the preparation of a parking lot, laydown areas and stockpile areas. Survey work and site investigations will occur on the north and south banks. Earthworks are expected to begin, including the construction of dikes and other work in preparation for the dewatering of the back channel on the south bank of the Peace River. 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.
- Logging trucks will be used to remove timber from the dam site.
- Construction of the worker accommodation lodge and other buildings will continue.
- Excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank.
- 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.
- Work will continue to extend an existing distribution line on Old Fort Road to a building at the entrance of Myca Pit. This will include clearing.
- Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry.
- The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor has mobilized and is working on 240 Road and Old Fort Road.
- Survey work will occur along the right-of-way for the 500 kV transmission line.
- Geotechnical investigations will continue 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.
- 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 240 Road and Old Fort Road.
- Visit the project website: sitecproject.com
- Follow the Site C Twitter account: @sitecproject
- Call the toll-free project line: 1-877-217-0777
- Email the project team: firstname.lastname@example.org
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