Friday, July 22, 2016

City seeks proposals for study on replacement of Woodworth Dam

The City of Prince Rupert
is seeking a study on
the potential replacement of
Woodworth Dam

(photo from City of PR
annual report)
The start of the process of replacement for the dam at Woodworth Lake is now underway with the City of Prince Rupert submitting a request for proposal with the province's BC Bid listings.

The early stage of the process finds the City looking for the successful applicant to conduct a study and offer a detailed design for a new Dam at Woodworth Lake.

The scope of the work for design is to include a review of the available background information related to site conditions, perform a review of such items as site characterization, geology, hydrogeology, mechanical, civil and structural issues as well as climate analysis.

As part of the review, the City will be looking for a review of the current and future water supply needs for the community.

The successful applicant for the Replacement study project will provide the city with a draft detailed design for approval of a new Dam, including the proposed size, materials, access and location as well as a construction cost estimate.

You can review some of the background to what the City is looking for from the posting to the BC Bid site.

The closing date for applicants to offer their services for the Request for Proposal is on August 26th.

The City will be hosting an information meeting for applicants on Thursday, August 11th, where an overview of the project and the RFP process will be reviewed.

The timeline dedicated towards the project would see the study process start in September, with a draft Final Report required by December 1st and a Final Report delivered by December 31st of this year.

The city reviewed some of its infrastructure concerns related to the Woodworth Dam area earlier this summer with a video presentation posted to the City's YouTube page.

As part of that presentation it was estimated that the cost of replacement for the dam, part of the second phase of any replacement project, would be around six million dollars.

The aging nature of the dam and the water supply delivery system has been a long time concern for not only the current city council, but of those that preceded it prior to the November 2014 election.

For more items related to the city's infrastructure issues see our archive page here, further items of interest from Prince Rupert City Council can be found on our Council archive page.

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