Permitting snag delays Heffley Creek Bridge project

By James Peters
January 26, 2018 - 3:17pm

KAMLOOPS — The Heffley Creek Bridge replacement project has hit a snag, but City of Kamloops officials still believe reconstruction should be complete by late spring.

The bridge was heavily damaged by spring flooding in 2017.

Utility Services Manager Greg Wightman says construction won't get moving again on the $2.1 million project until the city receives certain permits from the provincial government.

"One of the challenges has been the archaeological permitting. We expect to have that early next week, which will allow us to ramp up construction again there," said Wightman. "We'll start our archaeological process next week. That should take a couple of weeks and then we should have construction back up and running again shortly after that."

Wightman says the contractor working on the project, Acres Construction, won't know whether First Nations artifacts are buried at the site until archaeological due diligence is completed.

"Nothing related to finds at this point. It's just the permitting process through the province. Moving forward now, we will have archaeological activities occurring to confirm or deny whether there is anything in there. That will lead to construction right after that," said Wightman.

"There's been a slight delay as we've waited for some permitting to come in. But it hasn't had a major impact on our overall expectations for this project. We're still looking at late spring (for completion.)"

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