An Aldergrove road has been shut down for the second time in five years because of ominous cracks.
A section of 252A Crescent between 72 Avenue and 73 Avenue was closed to traffic on May 2 after several deep cracks were spotted on the shoulder of the road, raising concern about a possible collapse.
“It’s a public safety issue,” Ramin Seifi, Engineering general manager told the May 13 Langley Township council meeting.
A memo to council from engineering staff said the cracking “could be attributable to movement of underlying soil and, in particular, indication of possible soil instability in areas of relatively steep embankment.”
After a drill rig was brought in to make test holes to analyze slope stability, geotechnical consultants said the eastbound section of the road could be reopened to just one lane of traffic, with speed and weight restrictions.
Engineering staff advised the affected section of the road will be monitored on a regular basis and warned it could be completely closed again, should conditions warrant.
The same stretch of of the 60-year-old road suffered similar cracking in 2008.
It had to be closed for three months while the road was rebuilt and a retaining wall installed.
“It cost a lot of money,” Seifi said.