Flooding washes away portion of Riverside Drive

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A section of Riverside Drive on the outskirts of Corner Brook will remain reduced to one lane for the unforeseeable future.

The Department of Transportation and Works has completed its assessment of the embankment between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Ballam Bridge.

There had been some movement in the road bed, evident by the portion of embankment and asphalt that has fallen away.

The Western Star requested an interview with an official from the provincial department, which is responsible for maintaining the section of Riverside Drive, but nobody was made available Wednesday.

An update on the situation was provided via email. Nobody was made available to discuss the situation earlier this summer either.

A survey was completed to determine the subsurface conditions and officials are now working on a design to stabilize the steep embankment overlooking the Humber River.

No timeframe for the repairs has been established, according to a spokesperson, but the design work is ongoing. The department would not provide any estimate.

The set of portable traffic lights being used with 90-second intervals, will remain at the location until the resolve is implemented.

The issue was detected this past spring and the road has been reduced to one lane since.

 

The Western Star

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Riverside Drive, Western Star

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