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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the construction schedule for the Site C Dam for November 14 to November 27, 2016. Excavation will continue on the north and south banks of the Peace River. See the full schedule below:

The following construction activities are scheduled to occur November 14 – November 27:

Dam site area – north (left) bank and south (right) bank

  • The main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews, material and equipment.
  • Excavation will continue on the north and south banks. This may include blasting on the south bank.
  • Drilling and the installation of geotechnical instrumentation will continue on the south bank.
  • Work will continue on the south bank drainage tunnel and access ramp.
  • Work will continue on the south bank cofferdam and approach channel.
  • The placement of riprap may continue along sections of the south bank shore.
  • Aggregate will be crushed on the south bank and work will continue to erect concrete batch plants.
  • The foundation for the roller-compacted-concrete buttress will be prepared.
  • Work will continue to construct a storage site for excavated surplus material on the east and west sides of the confluence of the Moberly River. Residual sediment storage sites are also being constructed on the north bank of the Peace River.
  • Work will continue to construct dikes for the residual sediment storage areas.
  • Access roads will be constructed on the south bank. Road maintenance activities will continue as required.
  • Work will continue to construct the Moberly River construction bridge. This will include pile driving.
  • A temporary forestry bridge will be installed across the Moberly River.

Other work areas

  • Construction of the viewpoint will continue, weather permitting, on the north bank of the Peace River, above the dam site.
  • The main civil works contractor will be surveying at the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.
  • Aggregate production will continue in Wuthrich Quarry and trucks will haul material from the quarry to the dam site.
  • The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure may begin clearing assessments for the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.
  • Clearing will occur in sections along the transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam. Survey work and staking will occur along the transmission line right-of-way.
  • Geotechnical investigative works may occur along the transmission line right-of-way.
  • Work will begin to upgrade existing access roads that connect to the transmission line right-of-way. This will include clearing, construction of ditches and vehicle pull-outs, installation of culverts and final resurfacing.

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 dam 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.
  • Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is planned in Wuthrich Quarry. Material hauling may occur at night.
  • Some noise will occur in and around the transmission line right-of-way as a result of clearing and access road upgrades. There may be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on the access roads.
  • 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.

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.

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