The city began a series of drainage projects on the south shore last month and will continue work through the winter.
City capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said grading, shaping, rip rap, bank stabilization and erosion protection work in Barnhartvale, Juniper and Peterson Creek is the result of years of slow erosion, exacerbated by storms in 2014 and 2015.
“They really worsened it much quicker, led to the erosion much quicker,” Crundwell told KTW.
The $3.5-million worth of projects are underway in Juniper Creek, next to Barnhartvale Road, and in the Owl Road Gully. Rocks have also been piled up next to Xget'tem' Trail for work this winter in Peterson Creek.
The projects are expected to be completed by the spring. Crundwell said work won’t likely be disruptive to the public.
Meanwhile, as the North Thompson River emergency water intake undergoes testing, Crundwell said the project will likely be on budget, but behind schedule.
The project took about a year longer than initially anticipated, Crundwell said, citing issues in stream work and challenges during construction.
Final budget numbers will go before council at a later date. The system is intended to be a backup water source in the event of an emergency in the South Thompson River.