Watermain Project Ready to Roll
Prince George, B.C. – Drivers can expect delays along Foothills Boulevard between North Nechako Road and Vallencher for the next few months as a new water main is installed.
The project calls for a new water supply transmission main between the water booster station west of Foothills Boulevard and north of North Nechako Road to the water reservoir that serves about 15,000 residents in the Hart region. The existing water main was installed prior to 1975, when the Hart was outside the City limits.
The old line crosses undeveloped private lands within a City right of way, making it difficult to access, especially during the winter.
The project calls for the new line to be installed along the edge of Foothills Boulevard. Originally, the installation was expected to cost $3.2 million dollars. A decision to install the line along Foothills, making the line 960 meters longer than originally planned, plus road rehab once the work has done, meant the project needed a new budget. Council recently approved adding another $2.8 million to the project.
The funds will come from the water reserve fund. The work is expected to improve flow to fire hydrants, residents and Hart Highlands School.
The work is expected to be complete late this fall.