Work is currently under way for the Church Road wellfield project, as can be seen on a portion of Reed Road.
Maycon Construction, the local company awarded the project tender by the Sunshine Coast Regional District, began tree and brush removal along Reed Road (between Fisher and Stewart Roads) on March 7. That work is expected to be complete by March 21, according to a preliminary construction timeline in the March 10 agenda of the SCRD’s infrastructure committee meeting.
At that meeting, capital projects manager Stephen Misiurak said, “That work is progressing on schedule and is actually projected to be completed a little bit ahead of schedule.”
In late March, Maycon will install erosion and sedimentation control devices along the construction boundary. And on March 21, equipment and materials will be brought to the site, according to letstalk.scrd.ca/church-road, where more information about the project will be provided.
Between April 4 and June 28, the water mains will be constructed.
Road restoration and paving will follow between July 25 and Aug. 22
Starting March 28, the water treatment plant will be constructed. That work is expected to be completed Aug. 28.
At the time of the March 10 report, all of the project’s costs were tracking within the allocated budgets except for the BC Hydro fee. BC Hydro informed the SCRD on Feb/ 17 that the cost to complete the power line upgrades for the new water treatment plant will be $175,345 - an increase of $25,345 compared to the previous estimate.
“All parties involved recognize the importance of this project and will make every effort to ensure the work is completed and the system is commissioned by late summer/early fall,” the staff report states. Once complete, the Church Road well field is estimated to increase the Chapman Water System’s supply by 50 per cent.
At the meeting, directors asked about pump station noise and the impact on local traffic. A noise study was completed of the water treatment plant’s generator during the design, Misiurak said, which found the anticipated volume of the generator will be about the equivalent of a running dishwasher. From the property line on the upstream side of the facility, noise while the generator is operating is expected to be the equivalent of a refrigerator, he said.
As for traffic, a traffic control plan was being reviewed at the time of the meeting. Signs will be places at the project limits to inform motorists. For any extended lane closures, there would be detour signs.
The next project update to the SCRD’s infrastructure committee will be in May. Residents can sign up for weekly updates via email, general manager of infrastructure services, Remko Rosenboom, said. SCRD staff will also have an information booth at the Elphinstone Avenue construction site on March 24 between 3 and 5 p.m.