September 23, 2013
Saskatoon begins riverbank slope remediation
City of Saskatoon crews have started construction work to remediate the riverbank slope along Saskatchewan Crescent between 15th Street and 16th Street.
“The solution designed will allow the city to preserve and protect our important roadway and riverbank assets and will involve a deep excavation of the roadway to install a pipe to reduce groundwater levels,” said Andrew Hildebrandt, storm water utility manager with the City of Saskatoon.
“Crews will also install light-weight, high-density foam that will support the roadway but lighten the load on the slope.
“Additionally, the work has been designed to minimize the environmental impact to trees and greenery around the riverbank.”
This section of roadway was closed in June 2012, when it was discovered that it had begun to slide toward the river.
Geotechnical tests determined the slope failure was naturally occurring. The causes of the failure were the steep incline of the riverbank, the weight of the soil and ground water levels.
The project will cost $1.26 million and is expected to be completed, including road restoration, by November 2013.
The project is being funded by the Storm Water Utility.
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