Boaters have for years been challenged launching their boats at Big Rock Boat Launch during low tide, a situation the city hopes to remedy with the work scheduled to begin this summer. Mirror File Photo

Big Rock Boat Ramp work will happen in two phases, beginning this summer

Phase 1 is the in-water work and should not affect highway traffic, the city says

The City of Campbell River recently announced that the long-anticipated upgrades to the popular Big Rock Boat Ramp are planned to start this summer.

This week, they announced exactly what that project will entail.

“This summer’s upgrades include all of the in-water upgrades, such as improvements to the breakwaters and installation of a floating ramp system,” according to the city’s release this week on the work schedule.

Mayor Andy Adams says he’s excited to finally see the project go ahead. Council has been trying for years to get funding to improve the boat launch. They’ve had a “shovel-ready” plan in place for at least the last two years so they could be ready to begin work as soon as funding was available.

“This project is important to many people and we’re glad to see it moving forward,” Adams says. “Valuable input from community user groups and many years of assessment have led to the design plan – one that will result in an enhanced in-water area and many years of improved enjoyment for visitors and residents of the city.”

Future Big Rock Boat Ramp improvements would involve upgrades to the upland areas at the facility, including the parking area and neighbouring park. Concepts for this future work at the boat ramp will be developed through 2018/19 during design preparation for the Highway 19A project. The timing of this work will be determined by council in future.

Speaking of timing, some have questioned why the city would undertake this kind of work during the summer, when tourists flock to town and adding extra traffic volume to that section of road.

AJ Laurie commented online on the initial Mirror story announcing the funding for the highway upgrades – of which the boat ramp work will be part – saying “that’s going to put a lot more traffic on Alder and Dogwood (streets), right at the peak travel time for the year.”

But the city says the timing is restricted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans requires that construction be completed during designated fish protection windows from mid-June to October, which would require the closure of the boat ramp during that period,” the city release says.

And the work – at least phase 1 – shouldn’t impact traffic at all, according to the city’s web page on the project.

“There will be no major disruptions to highway traffic or surrounding areas during the first phase of the Big Rock boat ramp upgrades in the spring/summer of 2018,” the website says. “The majority of the work will take place in the water, and all nearby homes and businesses will be accessible as usual.”

Once the disruptions do begin, Adams says, it’s important that they only happen once.

“The potential for timing the upland work at the boat ramp in conjunction with the sewer and highway upgrades in this area helps reduce costs and disruption along the route because construction that affects that portion of the roadway will occur over the same stretch of time.”

Other boat ramp operators in the Campbell River area have been advised of the anticipated closure and are ready for additional activity this summer, the city release says. For more information on alternative boat launch options, visit campbellriver.ca/bigrockboatramp.

Community groups and area businesses have been invited to meet with the city at open houses later this month for more information on the upcoming work happening along the highway. Others are welcome to join the discussion at two public events being held at the Maritime Heritage Centre April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information on this project and others underway this summer, visit campbellriver.ca/construction

Just Posted

Storm part ways with head coach Cam Basarab

Former associate Mike Wilson takes over behind the Campbell River bench

Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence Songwriters’ Circle Series a chance to explore the craft in a safe place

Terry Jordan giving Campbell River-area songwriters a place to celebrate and share their songs

Pioneering Telegraph Cove whale watching company cast adrift after 38 years

Stubbs Island Whale Watching announced it is ceasing operation

Home care complaints up 45% on Vancouver Island

Number of home care hours delivered down 6%, complaints up 45 %

VIJHL All-Star Weekend at the Brindy a ton of fun for players and fans alike

Campbell River Storm see eight players named to team North in Sunday’s best-of-the-best match-up

Campbell River welcomes over 250 wrestlers to home tourney

22 locals took home medals from the CR Invite, held Jan. 19 at Carihi

LETTER: Seniors home care, day programs expanding, Adrian Dix says

B.C. health minister responds to latest Seniors Advocate report

B.C. woman wins Instagram celebrity’s boob job contest

‘Kirill was here’ held a contest for women to win a boob job and a trip to Miami

Man pulls over to help injured owl, gets hit by SUV

Chase RCMP say owl flew away while they were on scene

New food guide addresses ‘elephant’ in the room – alcohol

Experts welcomed the tougher stance on an issue they say demands a co-ordinated strategy

Cannabis sales up 25% in November as overall retail sales fall 0.9%

Cannabis store sales totalled $54 million in the first full month of legal recreational pot sales

LNG Canada support far outweighs protests, CEO says

Andy Calitz vows completion on schedule at B.C. Natural Resource Forum

B.C. Green Party leader calls for Assistant Deputy Speaker to step aside

Weaver alleges whistleblower was fired after looking into the Liberal MLA’s expenses

Most Read