Erosion Control Work Set to Start at Fraser River Bench Lands
Prince George, B.C. – Work will start next Monday on the Fraser River Bench Lands Outfall Remediation Project.
The City’s contractor, LNB Construction Ltd, will construct a storm water management system to prevent ongoing soil erosion and property damage in the area.
City project manager ChrisVliegenthart says they’ve been eyeing the project since 2012.
“At some point the natural drainage channel that was here got to a critical point where the water got to the highly rootable soils and starting cutting into the ground and there’s nothing holding it back once it got past the surface materials and the root structures.
“And since then it’s been expanding in length and taking about 1,000 cubic metres of soil into the river every year.”
He says the area receives a large portion of the storm water collected from College Heights and notes the new system needs to be implemented to ensure that it is safe for current and future developments.
“In the past few years, the flow of storm water along the natural drainage channel has carved a near vertical ravine down to the Fraser River. Due to safety concerns, we encourage the public to avoid the area until construction operations are completed.”
Once the area has been cleared, Vliegenthart tentatively expects construction to start next month before wrapping up this fall.
The City will host a public information session tonight for the residents of Creekside Way and Stillwater Crescent.
The project is funded by the “New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund” program, with a budget of $1.41 million.
Announced last summer, both the federal and provincial governments will contribute $470,000 while the City of Prince George will be responsible for all the remaining costs of the project.