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Ministry to address road damage

A shelf-like bump across Highway 20 west of South Lakeside Drive slows Tuesday morning traffic. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
A shelf-like bump across Highway 20 west of South Lakeside Drive slows Tuesday morning traffic.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Update:

Work is underway today to reduce the sharpness of the bump on Highway 20. Crews are milling the pavement at the transition across all four lanes of traffic.

"The ministry needs to do additional work to identify a long-term fix for the problem, which we believe is a subsurface issue called groundwater," the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Thursday, adding it thanked motorists for their patience during the work

Original story:

A long shelf-like bump extending across the entire width of Highway 20 west of South Lakeside Drive is catching the attention, if not the suspension, of drivers travelling in and out of Williams Lake.

Last Thursday the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said a ministry geotechnical engineer would be visiting the area that day to provide recommendations for repairs.

“Staff suspect that this recent movement in the road may have been triggered by elevated groundwater levels associated with the wet spring weather,” ministry spokesperson Robert Adam stated in an e-mailed response.

The ministry will try to fix the bump, or at least minimize it, as quickly as possible following the receipt of the engineer’s findings and recommendations, Adam added.

 

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