Cypress Street in downtown Chemainus remains closed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Replacement of aging infrastructure in Chemainus to be completed soon

Tests being conducted before final clean-up and paving work

North Cowichan’s construction project on Willow and Cypress Streets in Chemainus will be wrapping up soon.

It’s been more than a month since North Cowichan started work in late September to replace underground services on the two streets. “This important project will replace aging water, sanitary, and storm infrastructure that is past the end of its life,” according to Natasha Horsman, North Cowichan’s Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives within the People and Business Services Division.

She added the installation of the water and sanitary infrastructure was finished on Oct. 19 and North Cowichan then completed mandatory flushing and chlorination and bacterial testing, which took about a week.

The site may have looked temporarily abandoned in the last week, Horsman noted, but tests were ongoing during the week of Oct. 29.

“Test results will be sent to a lab for bacterial analysis, and upon successfully passing the tests, North Cowichan will begin final main line tie-ins, final storm work, cleanup and repaving of the area,” she indicated.

That’s expected to be done during the week right after Remembrance Day, beginning Nov. 12.

Horsman extended thanks on behalf of North Cowichan to nearby businesses and residents for their patience.

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