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Hump repairs ‘due diligence’

The Marine Drive Hump is in need of repairs. - File photo
The Marine Drive Hump is in need of repairs.
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The City of White Rock is assessing the stability of the Marine Drive Hump.

But Rob Thompson, the city’s director of engineering, said identifying the cause of “lateral cracking” noticed in the roadbed is a matter of due diligence, not concern.

“The work itself is not that huge,” Thompson said.

“The implications of not doing the work could be huge.”

Thompson said the cracks, located about two feet from the sidewalk, were noticed last spring by a geotechnical consultant hired to do a follow-up of tree removal last summer.

They’re small enough that the average person wouldn’t notice them, he said. The fact they’re there, however – particularly in light of recent paving – means there’s movement.

“Some movements are normal. It was just part of due diligence to have them have a look at it,” Thompson said. “We’re not responding to a disaster or anything.”

Thompson hopes to have a report on the issue ready to present to council by early November.

 

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