Bank ‘just gave way,’ clos­ing Salt Spring road for weeks

Times Colonist - - The Capital And Vancouver Island -

Ste­wart Road on Salt Spring Is­land will be closed for six to eight weeks for re­pairs af­ter heavy rains un­der­mined its base.

Res­i­dents liv­ing nearby heard a “loud bang” about 1 a.m. on Jan. 4, said Chris Cowley, op­er­a­tions man­ager for Main­road South Is­land Con­tract­ing LP.

The sec­tion need­ing re­pair runs about 10 me­tres, he said Satur­day.

“There was some liq­ue­fac­tion of the bank due to the amount of wa­ter,” Cowley said. “The bank just gave way.” The re­sult­ing slide took out part of the road. Ste­wart Road is an older road and had a base of logs, which slid onto a neigh­bour’s prop­erty, Cowley said.

Geotech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists from the B.C. Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion ex­am­ined the site and de­ter­mined “we need to dig down to bedrock and re­build the road base up from bedrock,” he said.

“So we will be bringing in a lot of rock to re­build up the bank and the road.”

Repaving will then be car­ried out, he said.

Ste­wart Road on Salt Spring Is­land is closed for re­pairs af­ter heavy rains un­der­mined its base.

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