Robert Service Way Escarpment Update #17

Early this morning, between 6 and 7 a.m., a landslide occurred on the escarpment along Robert Service Way.

The slide was contained by the berm and no material crossed into the driving lane. The slide is considered to be a small landslide. Robert Service Way and the Millennium Trail remain open.

This would not be possible without a number of safety measures including the berm, jersey barriers, ongoing inspections, and slope scanner data. However, this serves as yet another reminder that slope conditions can change quickly and residents are encouraged to plan accordingly. Road users should drive to conditions and watch for signage.

While these types of closures are expected seasonally, the City has signed a contract with BGC to develop a conceptual design for a permanent solution that would include grading the slope and realigning a portion of Robert Service Way to the north of the escarpment.

This design will also give the City more information around potential project costs and identify any areas where additional information is needed to better inform future detailed design work. The conceptual design is expected to be complete by late July.

The conceptual design and costing information will also be used to support the City’s application to the Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, which supports municipal infrastructure projects that increase the resilience of communities impacted by climate change.

Subject to funding, work on final design will begin in 2024.

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