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Sunken roadway investigated on Ebbtide

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District of Sechelt crews work to fix a sunken portion of Ebbtide Street.

Two sunken spots on Ebbtide Street were investigated and fixed by District of Sechelt staff this week.

The areas of concern were at the end of Ebbtide Street near Salmon Drive and not where the new sewage treatment plant is being constructed.

While some described the depressed sections of roadway as sinkholes, Sechelt Mayor John Henderson said that description was “not accurate,” because water wasn’t found to have carried material away beneath the surface.

“The substrate was there, it had just compacted or sunk,” Henderson said.

Originally the District thought they’d find a rotting tree beneath the roadway.

“They didn’t find specific evidence of a tree, but there was a lot of very fine soils that were under the road, so what they did was they dug out a fair bit of the substrate under the asphalt and put in some new aggregate, compacted it, and then they leave it for a few days. But they’ll want to get the asphalt in, in the next several days,” Henderson told Coast Reporter Dec. 2. “It’s nothing new. It’s just something that ongoing maintenance addresses and takes care of.”



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