Creek work complete

Holland Creek Crossing project finished.

  • Oct. 4, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Crews had to redirect water around Holland Creek to complete the new pipe crossing north of the RCMP station.

Crews had to redirect water around Holland Creek to complete the new pipe crossing north of the RCMP station.

After taking a little longer than planned, the Holland Creek Crossing is nearly finished.

Where a town water pipe crosses Holland Creek has been a concern for public works for some time. The soil and rocks underneath the pipe had been, on a couple of occasions, washed away leaving the pipe open and vulnerable to a break.

It was highlighted as a priority project by public works for the year’s budget. The budgeted amount was for $176,000.

Joe Friesenhan, director of public works, said the project was slated for completion by the end of last week. There were still chlorination and pressure tests to be completed before the new line was connected and buried when the Chronicle spoke to Friesenhan on Wednesday.

The project went well, Friesenhan said, not ing the weather was OK for the most of the work — which included re-routing Holland Creek.

There was one setback, Friesenhan said, when work crews accidently struck a valve that was not on the plan. The resulting rush of water cost about a half-day to a day of work.

As for the new Holland to Stocking pipeline, work is also progressing with 30 to 40 per cent of the pipe in. Friesenhan said he hopes the line is in by the end of the year.

“It depends on the weather now,” he said.