Construction Activities

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Hudson's Hope shoreline protection berm

BC Hydro is building a 2.6-kilometre-long shoreline protection berm along the shore of Hudson's Hope. 

The berm - a large barrier made of riprap, rocks and gravel - will reinforce the shoreline and protect it from potential erosion once the Site C reservoir is filled. The berm begins on the shoreline of the Peace River on the western end of the town, and will extend downstream, past the municipal sewage treatment facility. 

Construction of the berm will continue until the end of 2022. 

Berm cross-sections

Construction timelines

Early October
  • The lower portion of Portage Trail and D. A. Thomas Road will be closed and marked with signage for public safety. The trail and road will remain closed until the end of 2023.
  • Crews will mobilize to site, bringing materials and equipment to a laydown area within Zone B, as shown in the map above. 
  • Archaeological data recovery will occur in several locations.
October - November
  • Crews will clear vegetation and chip or mulch debris.

  • A temporary access road will be built on the western end of the slope within Zone B, from Clark Avenue to the shoreline.

  • Crews will begin hauling riprap (boulders and rocks) from Portage Mountain Quarry to the shoreline, using Canyon Drive and Clark Avenue. 

November 2020 - 2022
  • Crews will start placing riprap in the water and building the berm.

2023 - onwards 
  • The second phase of construction includes the construction of D. A. Thomas Road, the recreation area and small craft launch.

Air quality monitoring

Air quality monitor on Dudley Drive: BC Hydro installed an air quality monitoring station to provide real-time measurements on air quality, such as smoke, dust, and exhaust. Located on Dudley Drive near the shoreline and close to homes, the air quality measuring station will operate during berm construction, and through the first two years of Site C operations. This station is one of five that BC Hydro has placed throughout the Peace Region. Air quality data is shared with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and can be found on their website once construction begins.

Mobile air quality monitors: Air quality monitoring is also taking place along the hauling route so we can better understand any effects that construction may be having. These results will be shared with the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

Air quality monitoring at worksite: We regularly complete air quality monitoring at the berm worksite to ensure that airborne dust levels are within WorkSafe BC regulations.

What to expect

Safety is our top priority and BC Hydro is working with Site C contractors to ensure work is planned and managed effectively.

Construction areas will also be closed due to safety reasons. Fencing and signage will be installed.

Hours of work: Work will usually occur from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Work outside of these hours may be needed.

Traffic: Trucks will regularly move riprap, rocks and gravel from the quarry at Portage Mountain to the work site, via Canyon Drive. Other construction traffic will also increase.

Equipment: A variety of heavy equipment will be used. These include different types of on-and-off-road trucks, excavators, loaders, vegetation clearing machines, and graders. Rescue boats will be in the river for safety purposes.

Impacts: There will be increased noise, dust and traffic in the local area. Crews will mitigate these impacts when possible. These include: 

  • Monitoring air quality
  • Applying water on work sites to reduce dust
  • Using white noise back up beepers
  • Installing noise barriers around generators
  • Avoiding vehicle idling 

Past notifications