A geotechnical report, last month, from Stantec Consulting Ltd., recommended either fixing or replacing the retaining wall section within the next two years. Cost for the work is estimated at approximately $900,000 but is not part of the original 2020 budget draft report or the municipal 10-year infrastructure replacement schedule.
Administration and the public works department recommend applying to the Community Links Program (CLP) for funding aid, since the section of retaining wall involved is close to the Main Street intersection of McGill Street. This is a major thoroughfare for the town, with heavy commercial truck and other vehicle traffic.
The Stantec report noted that the section of retaining wall concerned shows signs of becoming unstable in the future if repairs are not done. Some of the stones have slipped, concrete padding is shifting out of alignment, and cracks are appearing in the concrete cap.
The report noted: “the observed distresses in the retaining wall do not suggest a failure of the wall is imminent.” But the report also observed that further erosion or other factors could trigger problems in the future, and recommended regular monitoring of the site until repair work begins.
Town council directed staff to prepare and submit a CIP application, before the November 22 deadline for the current rounding of funding review. Decisions on CLP applications won’t be available until spring 2020, so municipal staff will also allocate $900,000 in the draft 2020 budget for the project. This allocation will include both the municipality’s share and also the anticipated CLP funding aid from the province.