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 60+ years old and was 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 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, this project also required careful planning to ensure protection of the sensitive and rare ecosystem at Goose Spit. Thorough environmental review and monitoring, along with the selection of a construction method that minimized impact on the roadway, all contributed to successful completion without harm to the surrounding area.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

For more information about the HMCS Quadra Forcemain Replacement Project, please visit:  www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/hmcsquadra.

 

Charlie Gore

P. Eng, Manager of Capital Projects, Comox Valley Regional District