Construction has been moving along with the Trans Mountain expansion project.
The company sent out a brief update of how each site is coming along. Those who travel Highway 1 corridor between Popkum and Hope will have seen the progress firsthand, which includes entrance points to sites directly off the eastbound lanes. But there is also work happening right in Hope, and they warn that there could be some disturbance from the work in the area.
That concern is at the Hope Station Tank, which is between Highway 3 and Old Hope Princeton Way, off the south end of 7th Avenue.
“We will temporarily remove one of the tanks from service and will prepare the tank for upgrades and cleaning at Hope Station,” Trans Mountain said in a press release. “As part of this work, one of the tanks at the station will be drained of product, ventilated and cleaned. Following the completion of the upgrades, the tank will be returned to service. During this time, you may notice intermittent construction-type noise, odours and increased activity in the area.”
They also listed progress on other sites in the region. Laidlaw Road is a stockpile site and work is currently underway there.
Trans Mountain says “this site may be used for the delivery and storage of construction materials and equipment, including stockpiling and staging of pipe; installation of temporary office buildings or trailers to support construction crews building the pipeline and associated facilities; transportation of materials and equipment to and from the site.”
Then there is the Popkum Construction Office and Yard, which is a temporary infrastructure site on the Popkum Indian Reserve. This site has been developed and is owned by the Popkum First Nation. It will be used for office facilities, a construction yard for storage of equipment, pipe, and other construction material during construction of the Expansion Project in the Coquihalla-Hope region.
Ohamil Camp Community, located on the Shxw’owhamel Reserve, will house about 350 people working on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The update does not list a time frame for that portion of the project.
As for right of way preparation, that is currently taking place between Othello Road and Popkum. There will be a series of preparatory phases along the existing pipeline right-of-way, including surveying, flagging and staking as well as location of utilities.
Work still to come includes prep work from Othello Road to Coquihalla Summit, which is weather dependent.
For an interactive map of the projects, visit www.transmountain.com.
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