Niagara Street Pipe Assembly and Pipe Pull
The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant includes the construction of a cross-harbour undersea pipe from Ogden Point to McLoughlin Point, using a process called horizontal directional drilling. Drilling has been underway since July 27, 2017 and is currently ahead of schedule, with completion anticipated in mid-April 2018. The pipe will transport wastewater from the Clover Point Pump Station to the treatment plant for tertiary treatment.
The pipe that will be pulled through the drill passage will be assembled above ground along Niagara Street. Work is expected to take approximately six weeks and is anticipated to start the first week of March.
There are five main activities taking place along Niagara Street as the work is completed:
- Equipment/pipe delivery - pieces of the pipe and equipment will arrive to start the process.
- Pipe welding - sections of the pipe are put together.
- Pipe laydown - sections of the pipe are strategically moved into place along Niagara Street for final assembly.
- Final pipe assembly - the sections of the pipe are welded together so that the whole length of pipe can be pulled through the drill passage.
- Pipe pull - the final assembled pipe is pulled through the drill passage underneath the harbor.
Hours of work for the Project will be:
- Monday to Friday - 7am to 7pm
- Saturday - 10am to 7pm
- For 3 days during the pipe pull, work will take place 24 hours a day.
Work may occur outside these hours as allowed under the City of Victoria noise bylaw.
Safety and Traffic Management
The contractor, Harbour Resource Partners (HRP) and the Project Team have a comprehensive safety and traffic management plan to ensure the safety of the community is put first.
- There will be pedestrian access to all residences at all times.
- There will be emergency services access at all times.
- Traffic management personnel will direct traffic when necessary.
- "Local traffic only" signage will be posted to deter traffic on side streets.
- Niagara Street will be closed to vehicles for the duration of the work between St. Lawrence Street and South Turner Street.
- Construction signage will be posted to show pedestrian routes and crossings.
- Access route information will be provided for the James Bay Community School.
- There will be fencing around active construction work areas.
HRP and the Project Team have worked with BC Transit to re-route bus routes in the area.
- Bus #2, #3 and #10 travelling down Niagara will be re-routed.
- Please find updated bus route maps here
- For more information please visit BC Transit
- Door-to-door visits provided initial information to Niagara Street residents in May 2017.
- Door-to-door survey conducted with Niagara Street residents to provide updated information and a resident needs assessment in December 2017.
- Hand-delivered notification of community meetings to almost 1,000 residents on Niagara and side streets intersecting with Niagara.
- Community meetings with residents to answer questions held on February 21 and February 24, 2018.
- During construction, a Help Tent will be located in the 200 block of Niagara, by the school. A project representative will be available during work hours each day to provide information and answer questions.
- Residents can call the 24/7 phone line to receive information or report a concern at 1.844.815.6132
- Communications and engagement activities will keep residents informed of construction traffic information as this work is completed.