FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro released the construction update for the period of June 26th to July 9th, highlighting recent updates and upcoming tasks to be completed.

BC Hydro reminds boaters that the section of the Peace River near the Site C dam is closed permanently.

Being near or in the water near the construction area presents a serious safety risk to river users, says BC Hydro.

BC Hydro has released application information for its Rustic Recreation Site Fund. This fund gives $100,000 during the construction of Site C to develop or enhance recreation sites along the Peace River. The application intake period is from September to October 2021.

Excavation, drilling, grouting of the approach channel as well as underground works on both the north and south drainage features have begun.

Dam core material will be placed in the core trench sections.

All work fronts are being continuously monitored for environmental and regulatory adherence.

The construction of the powerhouse, including concrete placements, intakes and spillways, and installation of penstock segments continues.

Compacted concrete placement at the dam and core buttress of the south bank is underway.

Contractors are delivering turbines and generators for storage. Continued installation of turbine-imbedded components will take place on Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Pre-assembly of larger components is underway in the service bay of the powerhouse.

BC Hydro recommends using caution at the shoreline upstream of the dam site. Water levels could rise or fall rapidly.

Construction has begun on a 2.6-kilometre berm that will protect the shoreline of Hudson’s Hope.

Workers are clearing vegetation off a section on the west end of the site to continue berm construction. Aggregates are being sourced from Portage Mountain.

Water quality monitoring has begun in the Peace River, and a swift water rescue team is on call during the work.

BC Hydro reminds boaters to obey signs and stay clear of work areas.

Workers will continue blasting rock, processing it and stockpiling riprap

Hauling trucks will continue to deliver aggregate from the mountain to various construction sites along Highway 29.

Crews continue to work on constructing a 590-metre bridge and grading along six kilometres of highway continues.

The contractor will continue to install bridge foundations, including concrete piles and bridge piers.

A three-kilometre stretch of highway is being realigned and construction of a 1.42 kilometre bridge continues.

A cast-in-place bridge deck is being installed with parapets. BC Hydro says work may continue 24 hours a day during the pouring and curing of concrete.

A 3.5 kilometre highway realignment near Farrell Creek East continues.

Contractors will continue removing materials, placing geotextile fabric and aggregates to the section of the highway.

Continued construction of a 411-metre bridge as well as realignment of 1.9 kilometres of highway.

Workers are installing rebar, formwork, and concrete for bridge foundations.

Contractors will continue to work on highway realignment with the removal of materials, placement of geotextile fabric, and placement of aggregates.

Construction of a 192-metre bridge is underway, as well as the realignment of 1.5 kilometres of highway.

Workers are currently drilling into bedrock to install rock anchors, as well as constructing bridge foundations.

Highway realignment along an 8.5-kilometre stretch is in progress at Lynx Creek. A 150-metre bridge is under construction with the installation of piles for the bridge foundation, and concrete foundations for bridge piers and abutments.

BC Hydro says traffic will continue to be diverted at the east end of the worksite to allow construction, grading, roller compacting and paving. The detour is expected to end in early July.