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Whitehorse landslide cleanup and wall construction are set to start next week

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Key takeaways: 

  • Officials expect to open Robert Service Way in early June.
  • City officials said that the cleanup of the trash from the landslide on April 30 in Whitehorse is planned to start on Wednesday or Thursday of the following week. 

Cleanup of the landslide waste in Whitehorse and the sheet pile wall construction starts on Wednesday or Thursday the following week, state city officials.

Tracy Allen, the city’s director of operations, stated the town hopes the cleanup will take a day or a day and a half, while the structure of the sheet pile wall at the base of the cliff where last month’s landslide took place will take at least seven to 10 days to finish.

“And then we would be peeking at reopening Robert Service Way,” she stated.

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Cleanup of the landslide waste in Whitehorse and the sheet pile wall construction starts on Wednesday or Thursday the following week, state city officials

The road, one of the two main thoroughfares into downtown Whitehorse, has been shut since April 30, when 3,000 to 4,000 cubic meters of sand, silt, and clay dropped across it and the Millennium Trail into the Yukon River.

Crews haven’t been able to get into the place and clean up the garbage or begin the construction of the sheet pile wall because restarted water seepage, soil movement, and tension cracks have made it too risky.

The city said on May 12 that it is building a 100-meter wide sheet pile wall at the price of approximately $450,000 as a provisional measure, up to a year, to make sure another landslide doesn’t cross the thoroughfare. Allen said the city may control traffic on Robert Service Way during hurry hour once it reopens by the end of June “just to assure we don’t have bumper to bumper cars again in the region.”

Source – cbc.ca

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