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Work intensifying on water supply and road reconstruction projects in Nanaimo

City warns of noise and possible traffic delays in Bowen and Northfield area
Kalin Summer, with Irrigation Supply Company, checks on a joint being formed between two lengths of water pipe on a fusing machine that heats the ends of the pipes to form a seamless joint. The work was happening at Beban Park Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

The mid-town water supply project and the ‘Midtown Gateway’ road reconstruction project got underway this week and the City of Nanaimo is cautioning that construction will be disruptive with noise, restricted access and occasional traffic delays.

The water supply project broke ground earlier this summer and machinery will be on site with construction happening in Beban Park on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a city press release. During working hours, vehicle traffic to, from and within Beban Park may be impacted and – to protect the public and provide a safe working area – areas of the park will be fenced off and restricted from all non-construction personnel. The public is asked to pay attention to traffic control personnel, temporary detour routes and obey all posted warning signs.

Beban Pool, the social centre, both arenas and outdoor facilities will remain open and accessible.

To learn more about this project, please visit

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The Midtown Gateway project is also moving into its next construction phase in the area of Bowen, Northfield and Boxwood roads.

The first phase of this project, completed in 2019, included environmental remediation, initial ground improvements and construction of a new engineered wetland, restoring a lake lost to industrial activity.

Construction on this next phase will start with rapid impact soil compaction – a specialized technique that employs an excavator with a hydraulic hammer to repeatedly strike an impact plate and densify underlying soils – over future roadways. The work won’t cause significant traffic delays or detours, but will be loud, the city warns. The work will take place Mondays through Saturdays throughout September from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, including a schedule for rapid impact compaction activity, visit

“These two significant projects are all about flow: the flow of water and the flow of traffic,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog in the press release. “While inconveniences like construction noise and traffic delays will be front and centre for a short while, in the long run, these projects are an important part of Nanaimo’s resiliency and growth.”

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Bill Rowan, with Knappett Industries, left, and Kalin Summer, with Irrigation Supply Company, discuss the progress of a fusing machine that heats and welds lengths of polymer pipes together that will become part of the Midtown Water Supply system. The preparatory work was being done in Beban Park Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

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