For the past few weeks, construction crews have been labouring to finish welding a 940-metre sewage pipe that will be installed underwater as part of of the CRD’s $765-million wastewater treatment project.
The pipe, which is being assembled on Niagara Street, is almost complete and cranes and side booms will be used to thread it into the tunnel that has been drilled at Ogden Point, starting Monday, April 16th.
It will then be pulled out the other side of the tunnel at the McLoughlin Point side of the harbour. Crews will be working 24 hours a day, in order to complete the project by Wednesday, April 18th.
For the duration of the process, residents of Niagara Street could only reach their homes on foot, and sometimes had to climb makeshift stairs to get over the pipeline.
But most say the inconvenience was worth it: once completed, the Wastewater Treatment Project will provide tertiary treatment for wastewater to remove phosphorus, nitrogen, and suspended and organic matter, so that none of it goes directly into the ocean.
The plant will treat wastewater from the municipalities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Langford and Colwood, and the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and is slated for completion by the end of 2020.
Want to see the action this weekend? Two designated viewing areas will be available to the public on either side of the pipe on Dallas Rd.
Click here to see a map of the exact location. But in the meantime…
…check out these photos of the pipeline on Niagara Street
Editor update: The pipe pull that was scheduled to begin April 13 is now anticipated to start Monday, April 16.