Brief: Big Eddy waterworks phase two upgrades start this summer

Expect construction in the Big Eddy this summer as phase two of the Big Eddy Waterworks project gets underway

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Phase two of the project includes replacement of approximately 1.8 km of watermain, including associated services, fittings and 14 fire hydrants. Image: Pixabay.

The second phase of the Big Eddy waterworks upgrade project is scheduled to get underway this summer. Revelstoke City Council approved a recommendation from staff to award tender for the project to General Assembly in the amount of $1.6 million.

Phase two of the project includes replacement of approximately 1.8 km of water main, including associated services, fittings and 14 fire hydrants, as well as 175 metres of directional drilled water main.

A report to council notes the project is moderately complex and involves maintaining water supply to residents during construction, providing traffic control and completing some pavement work.

City of Revelstoke director of engineering Mike Thomas said the scope of the work to be completed during phase two of the project has been impacted by cost increases being seen on construction projects. Thomas said the overall cost of construction has increased by approximately 30 per cent since the Big Eddy waterworks project started in 2015. City staff plan to review the work included in phase two with General Assembly and will prioritize work to be completed in order to minimize the risk of cost overruns.

The cost of the Big Eddy waterworks utilities upgrade is funded through the Provincial and Federal Building Canada fund and via a parcel tax being paid by Big Eddy residents. There is $2.5 million in funding remaining for the project, including the costs of phase two.

Work on phase two is scheduled to be completed by October, 2018.

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