Departure Bay Forcemain Upgrade

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The Departure Bay Forcemain was constructed in 1974 and conveys wastewater from the Departure Bay Pump Station on Departure Bay Road to the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre on Hammond Bay Road. It carries wastewater from over half of the population in Nanaimo and is the largest of all forcemains operated by the RDN. A section near Meadow Lane Road, Kite Way, and Planta Road is corroded and must be replaced.

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  • Explore this webpage to find out more.

The Departure Bay Forcemain was constructed in 1974 and conveys wastewater from the Departure Bay Pump Station on Departure Bay Road to the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre on Hammond Bay Road. It carries wastewater from over half of the population in Nanaimo and is the largest of all forcemains operated by the RDN. A section near Meadow Lane Road, Kite Way, and Planta Road is corroded and must be replaced.

How you can get involved

To stay informed of project updates, please:

  • Register by clicking the "subscribe" tab on the right-hand side of the page. By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communication.
  • Check out the Project Map.
  • Explore this webpage to find out more.
  • April 1, 2022 Construction Update

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    The City of Nanaimo watermain works will be complete by April 8. Paving on Kite Way, Meadow Lane Road, and Hammond Bay Road may begin in the next week and is expected to be complete by April 14. The contractor will restore yards and boulevards through to the end of April. The RDN and City of Nanaimo thank all the residents for their cooperation and patience during this challenging project. We appreciate you!

  • December 16, 2021 Construction Update

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    The traffic lights on Hammond Bay Road at Chinook Road will be in place through January. Unanticipated conditions at this location required a temporary solution as we await arrival of the final materials needed to repair the forcemain in this area. Thank you for your patience as we complete the project and restore Hammond Bay Road as soon as possible.

    Watermain installation has started on Kite Way and will continue onto Meadow Lane Road. The Contractor will have a small crew working over the holidays and will recommence work with a full crew on Monday, January 3, 2022.

  • November 25, 2021 Construction Update

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    Construction of the forcemain upgrades is now substantially complete. The contractor is presently working on some final touch-ups in the excavation at Hammond Bay Road and Chinook Road, and backfilling the remainder of the excavations on Hammond Bay Road, Planta Road and Kite Way. Paving Hammond Bay Road and Planta Road is planned for December. Also in December, the contractor will begin the watermain work on Meadow Lane Road and Kite Way.

  • Night Work Notice - Meadow Lane Road

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    Night work will take place on the right-of-way at the south end of Meadow Lane Road on Friday, October 8 starting at 2 a.m. This night work is necessary to connect the new forcemain during low flow.

  • October 4, 2021 Construction Update

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    Forcemain installation on Meadow Lane Road and Kite Way is completing with a tie-in off of Meadow Lane Road in the early hours of October 5. A section of decommissioned forcemain on the right-of-way at the end of Meadow Lane Road will be removed in mid-October.

    Lining work will be performed throughout October to the end of November in the green-line section of the Project Map. Other important notes about the lining work include:

    • Single-lane traffic on Hammond Bay Road between Planta Road and Chinook Road.
    • 24-hour work to monitor curing from mid-October to end of October. You may see construction lighting and hear some noise from generators and vehicles.

    Watermain upgrades will commence in December on Meadow Lane Road and Kite Way.

  • July 16, 2021 Construction Update

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    Tree Clearing within the pipeline right-of-way off Meadow Lane is scheduled to start Monday, July 19, 2021. This is the start of the construction activity, followed by the delivery of piping material for the project. Excavation and pipeline installation is scheduled to start Monday, July 26, 2021 once the materials are delivered.

  • Construction Contract Awarded

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    At the RDN Regular Board Meeting on June 8, 2021, the RDN Board awarded the construction contract to Windley Contracting Ltd. for $5,505,380. Construction will proceed from late July 2021 to December 2021.

Page last updated: 01 Apr 2022, 01:36 PM