Commuters driving around Ladner Village should expect delays for the next several months as the 51 Street Sanitary Pump Station project is about to get underway.
The new sanitary sewer pump station will be located near the intersection of 51 Street and 47A Avenue.
Delta council awarded a $3.5 million contract in the summer and the total price tag is around $4.1 million once other costs are factored in.
The work will take place along 47 Street, from Garry to 51 streets, as well as 51 Street, from 47 to 47A avenues, until April 2022.
The city is advising drivers to expect traffic delays as the work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays as well as some Saturdays.
The engineering department notes the project includes upgrading adjacent and nearby sections of existing sewers which have reached the end of their service lives.
The new sanitary sewer pump station will also alleviate some of the capacity concerns at the Garry Street Pump Station and provide additional future capacity for new developments, a Delta staff report notes.
A noise variance is also required to accommodate the running of pumps and filtration equipment, which runs 24 hours per day when in operation.
The actual times will vary depending on the scheduled operations, but staff will work with the contractor to minimize its duration.
The noise impacts to the surrounding neighbourhoods is expected to be low to moderate, the report adds.
The report also notes prices for the pump station and adjacent sewer upgrades were in excess of the original budgets.
Additional funding came from the reallocation of money from a planned forcemain twinning project from 72 to 76 streets in the city’s industrial area.
Staff will review that project and bring recommendations to council at a later date.