The contractors have changed their work plan and brought forwards the work to the fish pass, presumably as a result of the continual encouragement from ART and the Board to complete this before the Autumn runs of salmon come in. I spoke with the foreman today and he informed me that tomorrow (weather permitting), the base for the fish pass extension will be poured and the entrance to the fish pass will be modified and the current pipe set up will be removed.
A low coffer dam will be in place at least for the time being but any rise in water level will allow salmon to pass over this easily and unhindered. In just over two weeks time, the side walls will be poured in situ and the fish pass will be completed. Joiners have already constructed the formwork so it’s just a matter of waiting on essential staff returning from annual holidays and the work will continue.
The protective timbers on the face of the dam have now been installed and the bottom edge is sealed with concrete. A rounded crest is being constructed off site and once fitted will complete the restoration of the upper weir structure. The surface of the weir is currently being coated with lime mortar and despite the vandalism reported last week, the contractors are confident that they can pour up to 50 cubic meters a day. They will have overnight security on the job to prevent a repeat of last weeks mindless damage. The first really large pour will take place this Wednesday, again weather permitting.