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Construction begins on Cold Spring Creek Debris Flow Mitigation project

Work is now underway on the Cold Spring Creek Debris Flow Mitigation project in Fairmont Hot Springs.

“There has been extensive work by staff, with support from our Board, during unprecedented construction cost fluctuations to secure funding and refine the design and project scope to allow the project to move forward. I am excited to be at the point where construction is officially getting underway,” said RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. “The project site is located on property owned by the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and the RDEK is grateful for their ongoing support and contribution to the project.”

RDEK officials said the project includes a barrier and outlet structure to capture debris, a creek diversion and basin for debris storage; reinforcement and relocation of some of the water lines and construction of an access road.

“The first priorities for construction will be focused on the access road, water main relocation, creek diversion, basin excavation and starting the outlet structure. Later in 2024, we will construct the concrete debris barrier and outlet structure,” explains RDEK Manager of Engineering Brian Funke. “Throughout the course of the construction, the work area will be closed to the public for the safety of both the public and workers.”

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Construction has begun this week, and RDEK officials said the most noticeable impact will be an increase in traffic.

“To help mitigate the potential impacts, there will be signage posted and flaggers when necessary,” said RDEK officials. “The RDEK is urging residents to use extra caution throughout the construction window.”

The $13.5 million project is expected to take about two years, and should be wrapped up by the end of 2024.

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