The following construction activities are scheduled to occur March 7 – March 20:
- Construction of the worker accommodation lodge and other buildings will continue. The first phase of the lodge (300 beds) will be open and in use.
- Clearing, excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank of the dam site area.
- Excavation and in-river roadwork will continue in and around the Peace River at the dam site.
- Construction of the temporary Peace River construction bridge will continue. Pile driving is being used to construct the bridge.
- Vegetation and tree clearing will occur in the area in and around the confluence of the Moberly River and along the Peace River.
- Clearing and other work will continue on the south bank. Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.
- Security gates, guard buildings and mobile trailers will be installed.
- The main civil works contractor is expected to begin mobilization of crews and equipment to the dam site area. Survey work and site investigation will occur on the north and south bank.
- Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry.
- Vegetation and tree clearing will occur to accommodate future work in Portage Mountain Quarry.
- The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor may mobilize and begin work on public roads. Clearing will occur along 271 Road and Old Fort Road.
- Geotechnical investigations will occur along the right-of-way for the 500 kV transmission line.
- Geotechnical investigations may occur along Highway 29 at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.
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 in the area 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.
- Work to construct the temporary Peace River construction bridge will take place seven days per week, with periodic pile driving.
- Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry and from the work in Portage Mountain Quarry.
- Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends. Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including the bridge construction. BC Hydro will continue to monitor noise levels.
- 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.