An aerial shot of an abandoned dug well discovered in the parking lot between Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue west by work crews in Parksville. (Submitted photo)

An aerial shot of an abandoned dug well discovered in the parking lot between Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue west by work crews in Parksville. (Submitted photo)

Abandoned well discovered as crews work on downtown Parksville upgrades

Professional direction provided for safe decommission

Work crews discovered an abandoned well while working on upgrades in downtown Parksville.

On Tuesday, April 12 the city provided an update on the Memorial and Hirst Avenues upgrades project.

A release issued read that work in city’s historic downtown has kept the project team on their toes when the abandoned well was found in the parking lot between Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue West (146 Memorial Ave.).

“After closing the area to all but essential personnel, Knappett Industries carefully excavated the water, historic bottles and an old pump to find the extents of the dug well,” read the release.

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The project engineer promptly provided professional direction to safely decommission the well, which included a formal registration with the BC Wells registry, filling the well with bentonite clay and capping the well with concrete.

”Despite surprises like the abandoned well, work on the project is quickly progressing. Hirst Avenue west now has concrete sidewalks, with more landscaping finishes and the final layer of asphalt to follow. Concrete works will follow on Memorial Avenue and in the new Memorial Plaza. Soon the plaza will take shape with design details such as patterned and coloured concrete,” read the release.

City officials ask people to remain patient with crews and traffic control personnel on site as they work towards completion on both downtown streets.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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