Fraser River Crossing Forcemain Project



The City of Mission Fraser River Sanitary Forcemain Project – Land Contract is in Partnership with the Federal and Provincial Government via the Clean Wastewater Fund (CWWF)

*** Construction Notice ***

Please note that unauthorized access to the construction area shown in the image below as storage areas A1, B1 and B2 including access roads, the dike, walking paths, and grass fields will be prohibited during the project duration due to ongoing construction activities related to the project. For your safety, please respect all posted construction signage, barriers and temporary fencing. Thank you for your understating and cooperation.


Project Update

Pipe Pulling Completes

On Tuesday morning, February 22, 2022, the Fraser River Forcemain Project reached a major milestone when the team finished pulling 1 km of new sewer pipe from Abbotsford into Mission. The team is now completing testing of the new pipe, and will then connect both sides in order to bring the new system on line.  The old pipe will be taken off line and will be cleaned and inspected in order to determine the current condition. Site restoration and clean-up will complete in April 2022.

Construction Videos

Phase 2 Highlights

Pipe Pull Video

Dredging Video

On December 8th, we were able to conduct a drone flyover that visually shows the dredge in action. Sand is being pumped into cell “B1” while the heavy equipment stockpiles it. This project has strict oversight including a team of environmental engineering consultants and one independent consultant that all monitor and impose best practices specified by the Provincial and Federal governments to specifically protect fish, wildlife and the natural environment. We hope that you enjoy the video.

Forcemain Background Information

The existing 600 mm Ø steel siphon sanitary main from Mission to Abbotsford was installed in 1982 across the Fraser River downstream of the Mission Bridge.  The City has recognized the vulnerability of the existing forcemain, as it is the only pipe conveying wastewater to the JAMES WWTP. The City has identified the need to install a new pipe in parallel with the existing pipe to increase capacity and provide much-needed redundancy.

This project, shown in the image below, includes the following:
• Detailed design and construction management services for a 900 mm Ø crossing of the Fraser River; and
• Detailed design and construction services for the connecting land portions on both the north and south side of the Fraser River

Figure 1

Project Details

The detailed design and construction management services were awarded to Onsite Engineering Ltd. The river crossing portion which will be dredge, drag, and cover, has been awarded to Fraser River Pile and Dredge (GP) Inc.  Palmer, an Environmental Consulting Group led by Rick Palmer, will be overseeing the project to ensure the environment is protected from harm at all times.  Palmer will be working alongside an Independent Environmental Monitor in accordance with the BC Environmental Assessment Office requirements to provide the checks and balances needed to ensure both quality control for the owner and quality assurance for the province.

Construction Schedule

The community can expect to see site preparation work for the forcemain to begin on the Historical Waterfront Braich property, the heart of Mission’s Waterfront lands, in mid-September at which time the property will be closed to public access for the duration of the project. While this work is directly related to the installation of the new sewer forcemain, much of the work will assist with preparing the land for future development.

Project Schedule for the River Crossing Portion of this project

Site Mobilization:  September 21, 2021

Clearing and grubbing and stripping in preparation for Dredgeate: October 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021

In Streamworks: December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022

Tie-in pipe on both sides of the River:  March 2, 2022 to March 17, 2022

Completion: April 2022


Project Budget for the River Crossing Portion is $24.5 Million

Funded with the assistance of the Clean Water Wastewater Fund, a joint Federal and Provincial Grant, in the amount of $6,898,023.00 and a Provincial Grant from the NDP Government in the amount of $11,000,000.00.


Project Consulting Engineer
Onsite Engineering Ltd.

Prime Contractor for the River Crossing Portion of this Project
Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc

Environmental Monitoring Services

City Project Manager
Jay Jackman