Gellatly Road slope repairs underway

Work began Tuesday on Gellatly Road to repair the slope failure that forced the recent closure of the road.

TT Contracting Ltd. has been contracted by the District of West Kelowna to begin the work, which is estimated to take five weeks.

The work will involve the installation of a 1.8 metre diameter culvert for Smith Creek.

Fill will then be placed on top of the culvert to help stabilize the steep bank on both sides of the creek.

It is not expected that roadwork will be required, but this may change when brush and debris are removed from the affected area.

The district has already installed an emergency bypass for the sanitary sewer line, owned by the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, which runs under the road, to prevent any environmental contamination should the pipe be damaged by further slope failure before the culvert is in place.

As part of the work, an environmental assessment and plan will be conducted to determine if any wildlife in the affected area must be accommodated, or relocated.

The district closed Gellatly Road, from approximately Witt Road to Angus Drive, May 2 after a 160 metre section of the bank below the road began to erode.

Mayor Doug Findlater declared a local state of emergency May 12; the district has received confirmation of $440,250 in funding to come from the provincial government through Emergency Management BC, with the support of the Regional Emergency Program, to conduct emergency repairs to the roadway.

The detour along Witt and Carrall Roads will remain in place. Motorists are reminded that the speed limit on this detour is 30 km/h and that West Kelowna RCMP are routinely patrolling the area.



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