Construction Update – October 14/16

The weather has been a bit cold and rainy, but things are still happening in West Fernie.  Here is the latest construction update and some other information of interest.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Elizabeth Ahlgren, Project Supervisor at or 250-489-2791 (tollfree 1-888-478-7335)

Phase 1 Construction Update

The Contractor, Dawson Construction, will not be working today due to rain.  They hope to be back in action tomorrow.

For the underground utility work, Dawson is currently transferring existing water services to the new water service lines in the McDonald area.  McLeod, Colclough & Riverside water service transfers will begin once we receive the required test results (expected soon) so that Dawson can connect the new watermain.  There will be some directional drilling across the highway for watermains at Hand and Riverside next week.  The driller has been delayed due to a mechanical issue now under repair.

Paving is currently scheduled for next week, but is weather dependent.  Currently, Commons, Hesketh, Eckersley, Mill, most of McDonald and McLeod and a portion of Riverside are ready for the pavers.  Dawson will continues to prepare the remaining roads for paving.

Hand Avenue is on hold while Dawson completes the water service change overs, coordination of the drillers and paving.  The intent is still to work in Hand this year, assuming the weather cooperates.  The schedule is to start in Hand the last week in October.

We know it’s been a long construction season for everyone and we really appreciate your patience as we work to bring a new community sanitary and storm system and improved water to West Fernie.

Connecting to the sanitary sewer

We are still targeting early November to permit connections to the new sanitary sewer system.  There will be a process with the City of Fernie and we will send details with the notice that connections are permitted.  Essentially, the City will remove a plug from the inspection chamber at your property line for the service to work and will initiate sewer user fee billing.

City of Fernie extension – Phase 1

The Province is expected to approve the City of Fernie’s boundary extension over the Phase 1 area in early November.  We will provide more information to you once we hear from the Province.

Phase 2

Design work for Phase 2 continues and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.  The current schedule has construction beginning as soon as weather permits in 2017.