City Moves to Act Fast on Haggith Creek Crossing
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George City Council had approved borrowing funds from the Municipal Finance Authority to deal with the erosion of the Willowcale Road at Haggith Creek, but that approval process is slow and the situation at the creek crossing is getting worse every day.
The crossing on Willowcale Road is about 600 metres from the City’s southerly border.
Traffic uses that stretch of road to move to and from sawmills in the City , and the downstream slope of that road is slipping, badly. In his report to Council, Director of Finance Kris Dalio says “There is active raveling along the slope initiating from underneath the already severely undercut pavement. The traffic loads are contributing to the failure and we cannot predict the time that it will take to fail further or whether the failure will stop progressing under the pavement structure.”
So, instead of waiting for the Municipal Finance Authority to approve the $1.8 million dollar loan Dalio wants approval from Council to take the money from the City’s Endowment fund, and pay that money back based on a 3% interest rate over 20 years.
The cause of the culvert collapse which led to the current mess on Willowcale is primarily the age of the culvert. It is a standard corrugated culvert which has rotted, and in some places has separated allowing soil to spill into the culvert and causing sink holes on the road.
The new crossing will replace the culvert with a full bridge, and the concrete needs to be poured before freeze up. so this won’t happen again.