One lane of traffic to continue on part of Riverside Drive

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Traffic flows through the green light on a section of Riverside Drive, that's down to one lane, on Wednesday.

A section of Riverside Drive on the outskirts of Corner Brook will remain one lane for the unforeseeable future.

The Department of Transportation and Works has completed its assessment of the embankment between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Ballam Bridge. There had been some movement in the road bed, evident by the portion of embankment and asphalt that had fallen away.

The Western Star requested an interview with an official from the provincial department, which is responsible for maintaining the section of Riverside Drive, but nobody was made available Wednesday. An update on the situation was provided via email. Nobody was made available to discuss the situation earlier this summer as well.

 A survey was completed to determine the subsurface conditions and officials are now working on a design to stabilize the steep embankment overlooking the Humber River.

No timeframe for the repairs has been established, according to a spokesperson, but the design work is ongoing. The department would not provide any estimate.

The set of portable traffic lights being used with 90-second intervals, will remain at the location until the resolve is implemented. The issue was detected this past spring and the road has been reduced to one lane since.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Riverside Drive, Corner Brook, Western Star

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  • concerned
    August 14, 2014 - 11:27

    riverside driver is like the road to lark harbourthe road near johns beach is sinking near copper mine beach acolvert over no.4 brook is sinking nobody seems to care. gov. or council

  • Jack
    August 14, 2014 - 06:18

    Since the Newfoundland and Labrador Government are taking too long to fix Riverside Drive, its clear to me that they are getting lazier and lazier in addressing erosion problems. It happened in Pasadena last year, and now its happening in Corner Brook. As everybody is aware, the Riverside Drive entrance has been reduced to one lane for the last three months, and nothing has been done to address this problem. Shame on them. The other problem is that the Newfoundland and Labrador Government think that erosion will just go away, but any person with common Science logic and knowledge know that if you don't fix it, it will get worse. If this problem is not fixed by November, my concern is that the Riverside Drive embankment will collapse, access will be cut off during the winter, meaning an important entrance to Corner Brook will be cut off. Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Works, if you have an common logic and Science sense, start fixing the Riverside Drive embankment area not six months from now, not a few months from now, but now as erosion doesn't go away by itself. Until they get their act together, shame on them.

    • concerned
      August 14, 2014 - 10:37

      riveside drive is like the southside highway near york harbour and copper mine brook its moving by the week. gov. dont seem to care even the council or member.

    • concerned
      August 14, 2014 - 10:39

      riveside drive is like the southside highway near york harbour and copper mine brook its moving by the week. gov. dont seem to care even the council or member.