(Image / Jay Wallace Images April 2018)

Commuters who usually drive down Dallas Road near downtown Victoria should find an alternate route this summer as construction on the Clover Point Pump Station sewage pipe continues.

Road work between Government Street and Douglas Street along Dallas Road has begun, and is expected to last for approximately two months.

Construction is scheduled to take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

A detour will be in place during the week, and will reopen on weekends.

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The road work is part of the CRD Wastewater Treatment Project, which first launched in October, 2018.

The project includes the installation of a wastewater pipe, known as the Clover Forcemain, which will connect the new Clover Point Pump Station to the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant for tertiary treatment via the Victoria cross-harbour undersea pipe.

The entire pipe measures 3.2 kilometres long, and as of June 14th, 2019, just over 2.5 kilometres has been installed.

After construction is complete, the affected stretch of Dallas Rd will be re-paved and redesigned to include new line painting, three new crosswalks, pathway lighting, wayfinding signage, bike racks, plantings, fencing between several points of dog off-leash areas, and a bike dismount area.

Once repaving is complete, a new 2.8km protected bike path will also be installed along Dallas Road between Ogden Point and Clover Point.

See also: New bike lanes approved for Victoria and Oak Bay

The entire project is expected to be completed by late 2020.

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