Beach access facing closure

Ongoing slippage along Canoe Beach Drive has forced the city to move towards permanent closure of the road’s eastern access.

Rough road: The city will keep the west access to Canoe Beach Drive closed until recent slippage is repaired. Afterwards

Rough road: The city will keep the west access to Canoe Beach Drive closed until recent slippage is repaired. Afterwards

Ongoing slippage along Canoe Beach Drive has forced the city to move towards permanent closure of the road’s eastern access.

In a report to city council, engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen suggests that the access to the west of Canoe Beach Drive, coming from Raven, remain closed to allow a temporary fix, estimated at $45,000, to recent slippage at that end. After the work is complete, the Canoe Beach access to the road would be closed indefinitely to all traffic, including pedestrian, as a more substantial fix is designed for the west end.

“The sooner we can work on the more westerly section the better,” said Niewenhuizen, providing council with rough costs estimates to completely repair the trouble areas along the road: $1.3million for a 650-metre portion to the west, and $2.1 million for a 1,070-metre section to the east.

Niewenhuizen noted residents who would be most affected by any closure preferred to keep the west access open.

“We have had some conversations with the residents in the Captain’s Cove area, and they’ve indicated their preference would definitely be the more westerly route,” he said.

Niewenhuizen said the road is currently being monitored daily and that lessens liability to the city.

“Unfortunately, if it gets worse, we could be in a scenario where both roads have to be closed, so there would be no access to that area.”