Construction on a new sewer line along Highway 19A between Maritime Heritage Centre and 1st Avenue will begin next week, and the City of Campbell River says that although they do not expect traffic patterns to change significantly due to the work, the public should definitely slow down through that stretch over the next few months.
This round of construction, set to begin July 9, is the first stage in the three-year waterfront project that will provide increased capacity and improved service for residents, according to the city release on the project.
“The start of this work represents an important step forward for the community of Campbell River,” says Mayor Andy Adams. “The project will replace and upgrade aging infrastructure to ensure protection of our waterfront environment and provide increased capacity for growing developments in the Willow Point and Jubilee areas – for the benefit of current and future residents and visitors for many, many years to come.”
Work will begin at Maritime Heritage Centre and move south with the pipe installed primarily on the west side of the roadway. Construction is expected to be complete in October.
During most of the construction along this stretch, two-way traffic will be maintained along the highway, the city release says, but drivers should anticipate slower speeds, and be prepared for single-lane alternating traffic to be in place intermittently as crews maneuver on site.
In order to maintain two-lane traffic, roadside parking will not be available while this work is underway.
Over the next three years, the waterfront sewer project will also involve the installation of a new forcemain along Hwy 19A from Lift Station No. 7 (Simms Creek) to 1st Ave (in 2020), upgrading lift (pump) stations along the route and connecting the new sewer to new and existing lift stations, and addressing several existing gravity main connections.
“While the project team will work to reduce impacts as much as possible during this extensive project, local residents should expect some traffic disruption along Highway 19A during construction, including intermittent closures and limited access to roadside parking,” says Dave Morris, the city’s general manager of assets and operations.
For more information on the project, visit campbellriver.ca/waterfrontsewer