Construction gets underway at Lake Country breakwater
Demolition and construction of a large portion of the north breakwater is expected to begin in a Lake Country park.
To prepare, Burton Marine Pile Driving will begin moving a barge and other equipment into place early next week at Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park on Okanagan Centre Road West.
It’s anticipated the breakwater construction will be substantially completed by April 20 and some minor clean-up of the park will take place during the following week.
“We don’t anticipate any lengthy closure of the park and its main boat launch during the construction," said Bruce Smith, Regional District of Central Okanagan communications officer.
"However, a portion of the parking area south of the main launch will be cordoned off during construction for storage of equipment and materials and staging.”
At this time of year there isn’t a huge demand for the facility’s boat launch.
"However, there are boaters that still do use the launch and may find some temporary, intermittent closures during construction while equipment is being repositioned or adjusted and while construction materials are being delivered or off-loaded," said Smith.
"We expect any closures will be minimal and we ask for the patience and cooperation of park users, boaters and other visitors to ensure their safety and that of construction workers. Boaters should also be aware there may be floating materials stored temporarily inside the harbour area during construction.”
The new steel pile supported, concrete waffle panel breakwater will replace about 40 metres or 70 per cent) of the aging 56-metre un-treated wood pile structure that has been in place since it was replaced in the mid-90s by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The federal government is providing $150,000 toward this project and RDCO has approved $123,000 for the north breakwater demolition and reconstruction.
The regional board will be asked to consider approving funds to complete the remaining 16-metres of the breakwater in this year’s financial plan.