HMCS Quadra Forcemain Replacement Project

Work on the HMCS Quadra Forcemain Replacement Project began again on September 11, with construction expected to continue through November.

RD News: HMCS Quadra sewer forcemain project begins again September 11

A 50-year old sewer forcemain currently crossing the Courtenay estuary to service HMCS Quadra has reached the end of its operational life. A replacement pipe that maintains HMCS Quadra’s existing connection to the Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre will be installed beginning in April 2017. To reduce the environmental risk created by a cross-estuary crossing, the new pipe will follow the Goose Spit (Hawkins Road) roadway.

An innovative horizontal directional drilling approach will be used to install the forcemain to minimize construction and environmental impact. In March 2017, a new route was determined for the pipe, which will now follow Hawkins Road right to the Croteau/Torrence intersection.

HMCS Quadra Forcemain Revised Route March 2017

Background info about the project [PDF - 392 KB]

Construction updates/road closures

Maintaining access to Goose Spit Park and HMCS Quadra is a priority.

Construction Updates:

Current Road Notices

  • Residents and park users will encounter construction along Goose Spit and Hawkins roads (through Goose Spit Park).
    What to expect:
    • Alternating one-way traffic flows with intermittent delays from Sept 25 to Sept 27 through to end of construction.
    • A full road closure extended to include Sept 25 and 26, from 7am to 7pm each day. Only area residents, DND, CVRD, emergency vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed access to Hawkins Road during the road closure.

Project Background

In 2014, the Department of National Defence (DND) and Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) identified the need to replace the existing sewer connection currently running from the end of Goose Spit, across the estuary, to Comox’s waterfront. The aging asbestos pipe has reached the end of its operational life.

After assessing options for replacement, it was determined that a new route for the pipe that follows existing roads and right-of-ways would reduce the long-term risk of a pipe crossing the estuary and immediate risk of construction impacts on sensitive eelgrass and sand verbena habitats.

Goose Spit is a sensitive environmental area. To ensure its protection, the project team has selected horizontal directional drilling as the method of pipe installation. This requires minimal surface disruption.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $1.6 million, and is funded entirely by DND’s capital assistance program. 

January 2017: An open house was held to provide info to the public about the project.
• To review the display boards presented at that event, click here [PDF - 1.9 MB].
Feedback / Questions: Open House Follow-up Report [PDF - 315 KB]


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