Change in plans will keep terminal open

The replacement project slated for the Chemainus BC Ferries terminal will not be as major as once thought.

The replacement project slated for the Chemainus BC Ferries terminal will not be as major as once thought.

According to Keith Rush, Thetis Island’s member of the Ferry Advisory Committee, rather than being largely rebuilt, the terminal’s life will instead be extended, thereby saving money and also the time of travellers going to and from Thetis and Penelakut Islands.

“Upon further detailed inspection and survey of the marine structures at the Chemainus terminal, the scope of work previously planned has now been altered to be ‘life extension’ versus ‘replacement’,” he said in an email.

“Most importantly, this means there are no expectations for berth closures at this point. However there is a possibility of needing to cancel some sailings during the construction period,” Rush said. An eight- to 10-week closure had been slated. The work is still planned for January 2017.