Erosion: A part of the pavement from Foothill Road collapses on Tuesday

Erosion: A part of the pavement from Foothill Road collapses on Tuesday

Foothill Road still blocked

Foothill Road remains closed, following a slide that left the edge of the roadway at the bottom of an embankment

Foothill Road remains closed, following a slide that left the edge of the roadway at the bottom of an embankment.

City crews were called to the stretch of Foothill just west of Mount Ida Cemetery about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, where a creek had come down the hillside and along the ditch, running under the road base.

The edge of the roadway, about half-a-metre wide, sloughed off along a 30-metre stretch of road, with a total of about 60 metres destabilized.

Crews blocked off the road to traffic from 14th Street SE to 30th Street SE, the two closest access points to the slide.

City engineer Jenn Wilson said Monday that the water flows are under control, but crews were still waiting for the area to dry out before repairs could begin.

Although it was initially hoped the road could be opened to single-lane traffic, a geo-technical assessment determined that wasn’t possible.

At this point the road is closed indefinitely, Wilson said.

“It could be a couple of weeks but we won’t know until we really get into it what the extent of the repair works will be.”