Beach Creek Culvert Replacement at Crescent Rd E

Beach Creek Culvert Replacement at Crescent Rd E

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  • Media Release - March 2024 here
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The Town is embarking on a significant infrastructure initiative aimed at replacing two deteriorating corrugated steel culverts crucial to maintaining the integrity of the local ecosystem and safeguarding vital infrastructure.

The culverts located on Crescent Road East, beneath a deep road embankment crossing the fish-bearing Beach Creek, are unable to withstand current and future pressures and are in danger of failing. Failure of these culverts would not only lead to flooding and collapse of the embankment but also jeopardize the natural habitat supporting spawning coho salmon. Additionally, the collapse would pose a serious threat to the major sanitary sewer trunk main servicing the commercial and residential core of the municipality, potentially resulting in a raw sewage spill into Beach Creek and, ultimately, into the Strait of Georgia.

Constructed over 70 years ago primarily with sand, the embankment has been deemed to have poor seismic resistance, especially in saturated conditions, according to recent geotechnical assessments. To address these pressing concerns, the Town has initiated a comprehensive project that includes the reconstruction of the culverts along with related components such as structural embankment reinforcement, installation of a fish-passable flow control structure, replacement of water mains, and partial road reconstruction.

The 2024-2028 Financial Plan includes a budget provision of $1,875,000 in 2024 to complete the work, and the Town has applied for external funding to help alleviate the cost. The project is now out to tender to secure a contractor to complete this critical work.

Scheduled to commence in June, the project will involve necessary tree-clearing activities that will comply with timelines set by environmental regulations. Beginning March 5, a total of 23 trees along Crescent Road East, within the construction zone, will be removed. The three cedar trees being removed will be repurposed to enhance the fish habitat after the culvert has been replaced. During the five-day tree-cutting operations, intermittent traffic and pedestrian access may be temporarily halted to ensure safety.

The project is slated for completion by October 2024, during which time road diversions from Crescent Road East will be in effect.

“The Town recognizes the importance of proactively addressing infrastructure vulnerabilities to protect both the environment and the community's well-being. This initiative underscores our commitment to sustainability, resilience, and the long-term prosperity of our Town.” Mayor Teunis Westbroek.


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