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Obstructed lanes on Claremont Access 'closed indefinitely,' city says

The lanes closed by February's rockslide won't be opening anytime soon, according to city officials.
The lanes closed by February's rockslide won't be opening anytime soon, according to city officials. (Kevin Gamble/CBC)

The portion of the Claremont Access hit by a rockslide back in February will remain closed indefinitely, city crews say.

"Crews have removed some of the trees on the escarpment and reinforced the sections of the wall that had failed," said city spokesperson Kelly Anderson.

"The one downbound lane that is closed now will remain closed indefinitely, as a safety precaution, until a longer-term strategy has been identified and approved by Council."

The retaining wall for the Claremont Access fell on Feb. 22, sending debris cascading onto the road. The downbound lanes were closed for several days as city crews cleaned up the damage. No one was hurt.

According to the city, tree roots, vegetation and moisture built up behind the wall and weakened the barrier, causing the collapse. Work on the wall's reinforcement was expected to be complete in September.

Coun. Scott Duvall said the city is grappling with the best way to reinforce the wall — be it with steel girders, concrete or some kind of mesh.

"Should we be just throwing steel girders back up there?" Duvall said. "Really, that answer won't come until later."

Duvall said city crews are getting together Friday to brainstorm ideas, and hopes they will have a plan established by early next week.

Duvall said his office has received some complaints from both cyclists and motorists about the reduced lanes.

"People are wondering why it's taking so long," he said. "But right now, it's still unsafe."

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