Henry Road watermain replacement causing delay

Traffic has already been disrupted but for how long is still unknown.

Traffic has already been disrupted but for how long is still unknown.

The water main running the length of Henry Road in Chemainus needs replacing and crews set to work doing just that on Sept. 8.

Nearing 50 years old, municipal staff believe it’s at the end of its lifespan and would be vulnerable in a seismic event.

North Cowichan adopted a bylaw on Aug. 19 giving them the power and authority to borrow up to $864,000 to fund the replacement of approximately 1,400 metres of 300mm diameter municipal watermain.

The plan to borrow the funds had passed a 30-day quashing period without any public challenge.

David Conway, director of engineering and operations said traffic will be affected once the work begins.

“There’ll be some disruption but traffic will remain with at least one lane in each direction,” Conway said. “There’ll be some delays but no full road closures.”