Chunks of red Island sandstone that were unearthed during the ‘Plan B’ Highway realignment will soon serve a new purpose – as a barrier to prevent erosion in Jacques Cartier Provincial Park.
“We are sort of recycling,” said Robert Vessey, minister of transportation. He said the the rocks will be moved 100 kilometres from the Bonshaw area to the park in Alberton.
“There’s about 800 metres of shore-frontage there that needs protection.”
Erosion is causing the shoreline at the park to creep up on the campsites. The Province says the sandstone is strong enough to withstand the wind and water damage, and cheaper than alternative materials.
“The cost of the armour stone – to bring it in from the mainland – is substantially more than what it’s costing us to truck up this sandstone,” Vessey said. “The sandstone out there is very hard, probably the hardest sandstone I think the contractor has ever run up against.”
But some of the stone will stay behind. The province has already given some of the stone to the West River Watershed group.
“We’re storing them until spring when we’ll be using them for habitat restoration in the West River,” said Co-ordinator Megan Harris.
The rocks will be used to divert streams - to create pools of water in the river system for fish to live.