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Landslide repair will cost nearly $657,000

Repairing a Campbell River embankment to protect city sewer infrastructure in the future will cost nearly $657,000.

A section of slope next to the Anchor Inn hotel on Old Island Highway (Highway 19A) let go in early January.

The slide severed a city sewer pipe and an electrical conduit for the nearby sewage lift station.

The force of 100 cubic meters of dirt also smashed through the concrete retaining wall, ending up with a muddy pile in the hotel parking lot.

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To prevent a future slide, the city will spend $656,795 to put in an anchored wire mesh on the slope bed, with slide and erosion prevention material underneath.

The breakdown of costs are: $67,095 for engineering, $39,700 for geotechnical engineering, $400,000 for construction and materials and $150,000 for additional civil works.

In a report to council this week, staff say putting money toward long term repairs is “critical”.

City council approved the work Monday but said nothing about the plan.

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All of the money will be coming from the city’s sewer reserve fund and staff say there’s enough money in the reserve account to cover it.

The work will involve installing a “high tensile steel” mesh on the slope at the south side of the hotel with anchor posts and then some erosion control material underneath to prevent weathering.

It will take about eight weeks to complete.

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