Scaling work will be conducted on the rock wall south of Overlanders Bridge after rock fell from the area over the weekend.
There were no injuries reported, nor did any vehicles sustain damage.
A city contractor will start work on Tuesday, Jan. 28, scaling the rock wall to assess stability. As a result, traffic will be impacted.
“We want to make sure there is no public safety concern,” City of Kamloops capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said. “That’s No. 1.”
Crundwell attributed the cause of the falling rock to the weather. Kamloops recently had a blast of cold weather and intense snowfall, immediately followed by warm weather above the freezing mark that quickly melted much of the snow.
Similar to the way potholes are created in roads, that can result in fallen rock.
“It happens when we get freeze-thaw cycles,” Crundwell said. “When it hits the road, we take it seriously.”
The work is being done to ensure road safety for pedestrians and drivers as the rock face is situated immediately above an entryway to the bridge.
The extent of the work has yet to be determined, but Crundwell expects the work to be completed under the city’s regular maintenance budget.
During scaling, the area will be limited to 30 km/h construction zone speeds and drivers should expect delays.
Crundwell said work on West Victoria Street is also beginning again, with BC Hydro and the city’s contractor continuing to move utilities underground as work continues on the $13-million road rehabilitation project. That work is expected to continue over the next few months.