Specific details have not been announced but the Ministry of Transportation (MOTI), working closely with Xaxli’p (Fountain Indian Band), is moving forward with what it calls the 10 Mile Slide Project.
MOTI public affairs officer Kate Mukasa told the News Mar. 14 the ministry has retained BGC Engineering as its geotechnical design consultant to deliver design options to address the slope instability problem at the slide and make travel safer and more reliable for local residents, visitors and the traveling public. The slide area is located on Highway 99 east of Lillooet and is within Xaxli’p reserve lands.
MOTI, along with Xaxli’p, has asked representatives from local First Nations, the District of Lillooet, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, CN Rail and affected utilities to provide one to two representatives to participate in a Project Liaison Committee (PLC).
The PLC will provide ongoing project updates to these organizations and seek input/feedback on the design as the project progresses through the various engineering stages.
Mayor Marg Lampman was appointed by council Mar. 7 to serve as the District of Lillooet’s representative on the PLC.
The mayor later told the News she has not been provided with any details about the project or its scope.
The committee will hold its first meeting in early April.
Kate Mukasa said a joint public information session hosted by the ministry and Xaxli’p is expected sometime in the summer.
The 10 Mile Slide has been an ongoing concern for decades as the narrow road at the site continues to erode, with parts of the highway falling into the Fraser River. The slide area is located below the CN railway tracks and could also potentially undermine the rail bed.
MOTI says it continues to closely monitor the slide to ensure it poses no danger to local residents or the traveling public. Interior Roads, the maintenance contractor for that section of Highway 99, monitors slope indicators and movement at the slide on a daily basis.
Phil Doddridge, quality manager for Interior Roads, told District of Lillooet Council last December that he visits Lillooet on a regular basis: “I see today when I came down, it’s probably dropped two feet. And I come down every week or so, so it’s always an eye-opener to see the change.”