Following my recent Bay Ward Community meeting on January 28th, going forward, I will be providing you with regular project updates, in addition to the Project Status Reports that are issued once a month. The City is planning on sending a letter to residents who live near the project area so they are aware of the upcoming impacts.
COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020 – The Britannia Beach closure will be going forward this summer as planned.
Update March 3, 2020
- The procurement process to tender and award the dredging contract is proceeding on schedule. A Request for Qualifications has been completed and has resulted in substantial interest and response from highly qualified and experienced contractors in dredging construction/operations. A Request for Proposals (Tenders) will be issued to a shortlist of the most qualified contractors in April 2020. The selection of the successful contractor and award of contract is anticipated in May 2020. Site mobilization will commence in June, with in-water dredging starting after July 15th, 2020.
- Permit applications and approvals for the project [Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for fish habitat protection, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) for work in the littoral shoreline, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ministry of Environment and Parks (MECP) for Species at Risk and Transport Canada for the location of swimming buoys and gull wires in navigable waters] are proceeding on schedule. The DFO permit is of key importance and a DFO staff has been assigned to the permit application.
- A project report / update will be provided to Councillor Kavanagh in the next few days by the Infrastructure Services Department. It will be shared with the community.
Summary of the Project
The riverbed in the swimming area of Britannia Beach will undergo construction work from July to October to restore the grade and proper water depth. As a result, the beach will be closed to swimming and all other beach activities this summer.
The work, called dredging, involves removing silt and sand that has collected on the riverbed from years of currents, waves and weather. The last time dredging was done at Britannia Beach was 1990. Right now, water depth in the swimming area has been reduced to less than half a metre at the peak of the swimming season when river levels are at their lowest.
The schedule for construction follows Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks regulations. It restricts when work on shorelines and in water can be conducted, to minimize impact on fish habitats and other significant aquatic species. The budget for the project is $3 million.
The construction area and access road will be fenced off for public safety. While the swimming and beach areas will be closed to the public, the Britannia pier, picnic area, beach building, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre and patio will remain open throughout the construction period.
A temporary construction access road will be created west of the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre patio to permit truck and equipment traffic during the construction period. This temporary road will be removed, and the lands will be reinstated at the completion of the project.