‘Somass strip’ boardwalk to be done in May

Construction has begun on the Port Alberni Port Authority’s Somass boardwalk.

Contractors work on PAPA’s Somass boardwalk beside Somass Mill on March 8.

Construction has begun on the Port Alberni Port Authority’s Somass boardwalk.

The project is part of the original Island Coastal Economic Trust funding that PAPA received in 2011.  The $3.45 million was to pay for Centennial Pier as well as other improvements to Fisherman’s Harbour. City council has also given PAPA $300,000 for the boardwalk project.

Port authority operations manager Ron Kyle said the work is progressing smoothly.

“It’s going very well, extremely well. We’re right in the process now of working on the electrical component of that project,” said Kyle. Bids for the electrical work are in and conduits should be laid within the next couple of weeks.

“Bowerman will backfill along the lines once [the electricians] installed all their conduits for their electrical and then they’ll start on their boardwalk.”

According to Kyle, the work must be completed by the end of May to take advantage of ICET funding but he hopes to have the work done much sooner.

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