By Robert Hawkes
On September 25 I attended a community information session hosted by CRD and held at the Victoria Edelweiss Club in James Bay to learn about the Clover Point Forcemain construction project. This project, part of the overall wastewater treatment plan, will result in construction along Dallas Road over the next two years. CRD staff and contractor representatives provided information and answered questions on all aspects of the project.
The project is described this way in the news release: "The Clover Forcemain is a pipe that will be built along Dallas Road connecting the Clover Point Pump Station and the cross-harbour undersea pipe at Ogden Point to convey wastewater to the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant for tertiary treatment."
The 3.2 km pipe will connect the new pumping facility at Clover Point with the Ogden Point entrance to the underwater pipe installed earlier this year during the pipe pull. Wastewater from Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich will be carried to McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment plant through the line.
The Clover Point Forcemain project involves assembling pipe sections, digging a trench for the pipe, installing and joining pipe sections, refilling of soil, followed by remediation and finishing work. The polyethylene pipe is 1.2 m in diameter and is expected to last for generations. A new bicycle path will be installed as part of the finishing phase, along with bicycle parking racks, new sidewalks, and additional benches and signage.
To minimize disruptions the work will be done in sections (see map) starting late fall of 2018 and ending about midway 2020. While a segment of Dallas Road is being worked on there will be single lane alternating traffic. Access to residences and businesses will not be interrupted. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.
Dallas Road parking will be impacted during construction depending on the segment. At the end of the project there will be 560 parking places along Dallas Road, compared to 598 currently. The project includes two new pedestrian crosswalks in James Bay, one at Boyd St. and one at Government Street. There is also a new crosswalk at Linden Avenue. All existing crosswalks will be preserved.
The Esquimalt and Songhees Nations have been consulted and provided guidance on the project. A project archaeologist will monitor the site during construction. Any artifacts recovered will be preserved by the Royal BC Museum. Environmental attention has maintained mature trees whenever possible, protected trees and sensitive vegetation, will be alert to invasive species control, and has considered the stability of the Dallas Road bluff region.
There will be substantial facility improvements at Clover Point including installation of two large viewing docks and new washroom facilities as well as drinking fountains. All parking at Clover Point area will be retained. The work on the pump station at Clover Point began in February 2018 and is expected to finish by mid-2020.
It was announced on September 21, 2018 that the project for the Forecemain component of the wastewater project had been awarded to Windley Contracting Ltd. The company traces its roots to 1949 and is headquartered in Nanaimo, B.C. It has managed residential, commercial and civil projects. The contract for the Dallas Road component of the work is valued at $30.9 million.
Funding for the various components of the wastewater treatment project comes from a combination of the Government of Canada (Building Canada Fund, Green Infrastructure Fund, and P3 Canada Fund), the Government of British Columbia and the Capital Regional District. The entire project is anticipated to cost $765 million. All components of the overall project should be complete by late 2020.
McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will treat over 100 million litres of wastewater per day, wastewater that is currently being discharged untreated into Strait of Juan de Fuca. On average, each person produces almost 200 litres of wastewater per day.
Information and updates on the project can be found at http://www.wastewaterproject.ca.