The old saying ‘it takes a city’ might apply to the two hydro-electric dam construction projects north of Kapuskasing. Officials at Kiewit (Key-wit) Construction told town council during an update this week that 250 workers are on site between the Smokey Falls and Little Long Dam safety projects. Spokesman Simon Gagne says another 100 employees rest at home and come back every two weeks.
“Right it’s quite a dynamic to have that many people work,” he said. “I would say kind of a common mission achieving this project in the safest way possible. I think the construction industry has matured incredibly over the last decades.”
Gagne says one of the major challenges was working through the COVID-19 pandemic and being disciplined and following the health protocols were very important.
“Pretty much we have gone through the COVID pandemic without having any case up until the end of 2021 really, so that was quite a success in the way that it was managed,” he said.
The Little Long Dam Safety Project is expected to be wrapped up by 2024, while Smokey Falls will be completed the following year in 2025.