Construction at the Site C dam recently hit the 100 day mark. Hydro has released the construction schedule for November 9 to November 22. See the full list provided by B.C. Hydro below.The following construction activities are scheduled to occur November 9 – November 22:The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor for the public road improvements will complete their work for this construction season on 240 Road and 269 Road and will demobilize. Work will resume on public roads in spring 2016.The worker accommodation contractor will continue site preparation for the camp, including installation of utilities and other infrastructure. Modular units for the camp will be transported to the dam site.Clearing, excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank of the dam site.Excavation will continue in and around the Peace River as part of the construction of a road and the temporary Peace River construction bridge. Beginning in mid-November, pile driving will be used to construct the bridge structure and supports.Preparation work may begin for a temporary bridge across the Moberly River.Docks may be installed on both shores of the dam site.Quarry operations will continue in Wuthrich and West Pine quarries.Clearing and other work will continue on the south bank of the dam site around access roads and to prepare the area for construction of the temporary Peace River construction bridge. Construction and upgrades of the south bank access roads will continue.Work will occur on the south bank transmission lines to accommodate future construction.Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.Installation of security gates, fences and guard buildings will occur at the dam site.Installation of a new 25 kV distribution line will occur along public roads on the north bank. During this period, some clearing will continue.Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.- Advertisement -What to ExpectWhile this work takes place, local area residents can expect the following:There will be additional truck traffic in the area as construction crews mobilize to the Site C dam site, the hauling of rock and timber continues, and as modular camp units are transported to site. This will include increased industrial traffic on the resource roads from Chetwynd leading to the construction site on the south bank of the dam site.While road improvements are made to 240 Road and 269 Road, and the contractor demobilizes, motorists can expect to encounter traffic control personnel, minor traffic delays and single-lane alternating traffic.Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends.Some noise, vibration and dust will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including pile driving. BC Hydro will monitor noise levels throughout the construction period to ensure they are within acceptable standards.Additional information about piling driving will be distributed to residents in the project area.Learn MoreAdvertisement Visit the project website: sitecproject.com
TUNIS- Tunisian newspapers were decidedly downbeat Saturday in their assessment of the first full day of voting by the National Constituent Assembly on a new constitution.The assembly began going through the charter on Friday in a process expected to end on January 14, the third anniversary of the ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the revolution that sparked the Arab Spring.Leading Francophone daily La Presse said disputes among MPs, interruptions and procedural problems made for “distressing scenes,” suggesting the deadline may not be met. “Tunisians who expected to see scenes of solemnity as the constitution was being discussed” were disappointed, it said, comparing scenes in the assembly to “a wild arena in which every cheap shot is permitted.”Parliament began voting Friday on the long-delayed new constitution whose adoption is intended to mark a crucial democratic milestone in the north African nation.The tight deadline set for its adoption could end months of political crisis and further distance Tunisia from the chronic instability plaguing other countries in the region rocked by regime change.But Arabic-language daily Attounisia said the assembly had already “wasted a lot of time writing the new constitution.”“Other obstacles will certainly appear, making the birth of the new constitution painful,” it predicted.The Maghreb daily retained some optimism, but noted that the January 14 deadline would probably not be met.“All members of the assembly appear willing to complete ratification of the constitution in a timely manner, but political will alone may not be enough,” it said.Friday’s first session resulted in lawmakers approving the title of the charter, by 175 votes out of the 184 MPs present, and the first three paragraphs of the preamble only.They are also due to scrutinise the 146 articles finalised in June and some 30 key amendments drafted during the recent negotiations.Another 200 amendments have also been proposed, including an attempt to make Islamic sharia law a main source of legislation, but these are thought to have little chance of passing.The assembly reconvened on Saturday to continue the process.