Phase I of the flume project will be completely wrapped up by the end of the year, says Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae.
The contractor, Copcan, is currently finishing off both ends of the final piece of phase I, taking the rebuilt river bed up to just below BJ’s Restaurant.
McRae says the last thing the contractor will do this year is create the transition from the finished to unfinished portions of the flume. A house was removed just across from BJ’s which will allow for widening of the creek bed to the bridge over Wallinger Ave. However, the bridge itself belongs to the Ministry of Transportation, not the City.
“Once we are done this part, we will be finished with half the concrete portion of the flume,” he said. “But the flume project is not just the replacement of the cement, but the piece above it too.”
That portion will be dealt with in the third phase.
Creek water is currently bypassing the project through pipes, but will be allowed to flow through the new creek bed by the end of the year, McRae said.