The road across the John Hart dam will partially open on April 30. View of the spillway gates and the new water intake works constructed by contractor InPower BC.

Road across Campbell River’s John Hart Dam to re-open April 30

BC Hydro is advising the community that the road across the John Hart dam will partially open on April 30.

This will be the first time public vehicle traffic will go across the dam in three years.

“We committed to the community that we would open the road after three years and while the main project elements at the new water intake are complete and on schedule, there’s still work to do,” says BC Hydro’s Stephen Watson. “We are trying to follow through on respecting the interests of the community, while at the same time balance the needs of the project and safely completing the work at the dam.”

Brewster Lake Road will be open on weekends and statutory holidays, though on Monday to Friday it will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m on April 30 and to the end of May.

“This road closure schedule will hopefully allow commuters or travellers to move to their destination in the morning and then back in the late afternoon, while at the same time allowing our contractor a time in the day to move in equipment and complete work on the downstream side of the dam. We also strongly encourage, for safety, that drivers keep their eyes on the road and not look at the construction site. No stopping on the dam will be allowed.”

BC Hydro’s contractor InPower BC began work on the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in summer 2014 and closed the road across the dam in April 2015 to construct the new water intake facility. The road is anticipated to fully open in June with temporary road closures anticipated towards the end of the summer for project work and the annual spillway gate maintenance work. Decommissioning work to plug the old water intake and remove the above ground penstocks leading from the dam may begin in late fall.

“There will be safety signage posted at the dam for vehicle traffic only, during the period when it’s open in May, but there will be no pedestrian traffic allowed at any time across the dam through likely June given the site activity,” said Watson.

The continued permanent access to Elk Falls and the suspension bridge is through the new access road, 80-spot parking lot and trail system that was put in place in 2015. The old road access to Elk Falls beside the John Hart dam has been permanently closed off.

Just Posted

Campbell River remembers

Big crowd gathers for Remembrance Day ceremony at downtown Cenotaph

UPDATE: Stuck barge to spend another night after running aground on Quadra Island

Nana Provider crashed into shoreline south of Quathiaski Cove Saturday night

Ceramics specialist to close out NIC Artist Talk Series

Samantha Dickie will present Nov. 21 at Stan Hagen Theatre

Storm drop two straight, but remain second in division

A third of the team is listed as injured

SRD, SAR impressed with Campbell River residents’ emergency preparedness

SAR conducted emergency evacuation drill last week

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

‘Your vehicle burns a lot of fuel:’ Victoria drivers wake up to angry notes

‘This handbill was left on your vehicle because your vehicle burns a lot of fuel,’ notes read

Canadians mark Remembrance Day this morning

This year exactly 101 years to the day after the end of the First World War

Devils strike early, hang on for 2-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver now 0-8-3 in last 11 games versus New Jersey

Most Read