Work on forcemain in Goose Spit concludes

The installation of the new forcemain eliminates an environmental risk to the Comox Estuary.

  • Nov. 30, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Construction is complete on a new forcemain and no further traffic disruptions are expected in Goose Spit Park as the HMCS Quadra Forcemain Replacement Project wraps up.

Construction restarted in September to replace a forcemain running through the Comox Estuary that was more than 60 years old and at risk of failure.

Once pump station upgrades are complete at HMCS Quadra, the old pipe will no longer be in use, eliminating a significant risk to the area’s natural environment.

“We thank everyone for their patience during this project. We know it was at times disruptive, but the installation of this new forcemain has allowed us to eliminate a significant environmental risk in the Comox Estuary,” said Charlie Gore, manager of capital projects for the Comox Valley Regional District.

The $1.6 million project is funded by DND’s capital assistance program and included the installation of a new forcemain from HMCS Quadra to the Hawkins/Croteau/Torrence intersection, as well as a pump station retrofit for the facility located at HMCS Quadra, which is nearing completion.

The CVRD will own and operate the forcemain and pump station once this work is complete in December.

Along with protecting the estuary, the project also required careful planning to ensure the protection of the sensitive and rare ecosystem at Goose Spit.

A thorough environmental review and monitoring, along with the selection of a construction method that minimized the impact on the roadway, all contributed to successful completion without harm to the surrounding area.

—Comox Valley Regional District

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