BC Hydro removed a hydro pole after it fell into the Abstract construction site on the corner of Cadboro Bay and Bowker in Oak Bay on Monday. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Compromised hydro pole closes Oak Bay road

Emergency pole removal after structural compromise at Abstract building site

Hydro crews were on scene today (March 26) at the corner of Cadboro Bay Rd. and Bowker Ave. to conduct an emergency removal of a hydro pole after “it became unsecured and was at risk of falling over,” said Sgt. Chris Goudie, Oak Bay police.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., there was a shift in the the shotcrete shoring that was used to stabilize a wall on the excavated construction site of Abstract’s Bowker Collection development.

Emergency services were contacted, the sidewalk was immediately closed, and the building site secured.

“As always, our first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of those working on the site and those in the immediately surrounding area,” said Kyle Ryan, chief operating officer at Abstract. “Immediately upon being made aware of the shifting, teams worked to close the site and the adjacent sidewalk as to ensure the general public would not be impacted by the structural compromise.”

Cadboro Bay Road was closed for much of the afternoon as BC Hydro worked to remove the pole and secure the remaining hydro lines. The road opened again shortly after 4 p.m..

“Teams acted as quickly and effectively as they are trained to do under an occurrence like this. We are currently working with Ryzuk Geotechnical to determine the cause of the shifting,” said Ryan.

Ryzuk Geotechnical inspected the shoring to determine the cause of the shifting and evaluated what remediation would be required to fix and complete it. A report on the cause is coming.

In additional to the BC Hydro and Ryzuk Geotechnical assessments, Abstract’s safety officer is completing an independent investigation to better understand why the shotcrete shoring shifted.

Hydro is expected to return to the site tomorrow to look at the location and re-establish the hydro pole.



Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


BC Hydro removed a hydro pole after it fell into the Abstract construction site on the corner of Cadboro Bay and Bowker in Oak Bay on Monday. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Just Posted

Victoria airport workers rally on Tuesday

Food service workers call for improved working conditions

Police respond after dog left in vehicle at the movies

West Shore RCMP determined the animal was not in distress

BC Nurses Union calls for decriminalization of opioids

BCNU president wants the federal government to do more to reduce preventable deaths

Saanich grants public hearing to senior housing proposal

Five-storey rental apartment would add 39 units near Cuthbert Holmes Park

Province delivers notice of unauthorized occupation to Saanich tent city Camp Namegans

A Ministry of Transportation liaison to Camp Namegans delivered a “notice of… Continue reading

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Island man convicted of 1999 sex assault at Fraser Valley music festival

James Allen Redden, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty of three charges

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Former Vike returns to lead women’s rowing program

Williams rowed for UVic, Oxford and Canada

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

City orders largest Kinder Morgan protest camp to leave

Residents of Camp Cloud near the Trans Mountain work site have 72 hours to leave

Most Read