News

Ministry plans more signage after second rockslide in Goldstream

The sky wasn’t falling but rocks did on the Trans Canada Highway near Goldstream park.

Around 1 a.m. on Jan. 5 a small amount of rocks fell onto the highway about 250 metres south of Goldstream bridge, said Renee Mounteney, with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

This is the second rock slide in the vicinity in the past couple weeks.

“It’s in the same general area,” Mounteney said adding the area has been assessed  and stabilized.

Both rock slides were attributed to a “freeze and thaw” process and a tap root from a tree.

“The tree root digs its way into a crack in the rock. The water gets in the crack and it freezes and it breaks off. Like an ice cube,” Mounteney explained.

They’ve ordered signs for the area warning motorists of falling rock. The ministry also plans to monitor the site. The area has been added to the ministry’s rock scale program with work expected to begin in the spring.

No vehicles or people were involved or injured in either case.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

ELECTION 2104: Men vying for Mill Bay director identify sewer and salary issues among top priorities
 
CANCER & FAMILIES-Part 3 – Family focus brought to cancer care
 
Fire departments respond to school fire
COFFEE WITH: Chamber of commerce point man retires
 
Sally Ann on recruitment campaign for kettle volunteers
 
ELECTION 2104: Candidate wants the E&N turned into high-tech testing ground
Blasting causes headaches for Langford homeowners
 
600 turn out to see Cranbrook candidates in action
 
Unoccupied Courtenay home burns early Monday morning

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.