Work Underway to Help Stabilize Willow Cale Road Bridge
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George has begun work to stabilize the Willow Cale Road Bridge over Haggith Creek.
City engineer Adam Homes says it started after the City was notified on Aug. 14 that a slide had begun on the south side of the bridge. The damage became apparent when cracks appeared in the new asphalt leading to the bridge deck.
“So, immediately we started an investigation to determine why that was happening and how to mitigate it,” he says. “So, what you’re seeing today is some of the operations.”
Homes says that work is focused on stopping the slide which includes installing a culvert and approximately five metres of fill.
“They’re installing a slope indicator and that’ll just tell us how much the ground is moving after it’s installed.”
He says the work will force the closure of the bridge at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Homes says an alternate route will be set up.
No word yet on how long the remediation and repair operation will take, but the City expects it “could take many months.”
Asked if the City is considering taking legal action, Rob Van Adrichem, the City’s director of external relations, would only say “the City is reviewing the situation.”
No word yet on what the repairs will cost. The entire project, which began last fall, and included the opening of the bridge last spring, cost $3 million.