Cecil Lake road repairs planned

The Ministry of Transportation says repairs are planned for what it calls "minor damage" along Cecil Lake Road after the region was hard hit by significant rains earlier this month.

The road, which cuts down a hill to connect rural residents to Fort St. John, was among 83 road and highway sites damaged by the rains on June 14 and 15. Residents have reported significant slippage where the road meets the ledge of the hillside, and an aerial tour earlier this week found the hills to be cracking and sloughing, though it's uncertain how long those problems have been developing.

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"Several sites with minor damage have been identified along Cecil Lake Road, along with two main sites that experienced a drop in pavement caused by erosion of nearby material," a ministry spokesperson said.

"The sites along Cecil Lake Road are a priority, and ministry geotechnical staff have assessed them for safety and repair."

Repair works were expected to begin this week, the spokesperson said.

See more photos below:

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Cecil Lake hill, June 24, 2020. - Matt Preprost
Cecil Lake hill
Cecil Lake hill, June 24, 2020. - Matt Preprost
Cecil Lake hill
Cecil Lake hill, June 24, 2020. - Matt Preprost
Cecil Lake hill
Cecil Lake hill, June 24, 2020. - Matt Preprost
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Cecil Lake Road, June 15, 2020. - Matt Preprost
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Cecil Lake Road, June 15, 2020. - Matt Preprost
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Cecil Lake Road, June 15, 2020. - Matt Preprost

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Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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