The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) has announced that Phase 1 of its $60 million 10 Mile Slide project will go to tender this fall.
Phase I is the Advanced Anchor phase of the project. Phase 2 (Main Contract) is expected to go to tender in winter 2018 with construction completed in 2020.
The 10 Mile Slide is located on Highway 99 northeast of Lillooet near Xaxli’p (Fountain). The highway is a vital transportation link between Lillooet and Kamloops. The project will address the slope instability at the 10 Mile Slide location.
The scope of the project includes planning, engineering and construction to implement stabilization measures above and below Highway 99 as well as the reconstruction of the highway.
The project was delayed after the project team encountered what MOTI describes as “some unforeseen geotechnical and environmental issues at the site which has caused schedule impacts and required additional design and mitigation before proceeding with the tender.”
According to an MOTI update, “The ministry and Xaxli’p are nearing completion on an agreement for construction of the stabilization measures within their reserve boundary.”
Public information sessions were held with the Xaxli’p community Sept. 21-23 in Kamloops, Lillooet and Vancouver.
Another information session for the general public is expected to held in Lillooet sometime in November.
After meeting with Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) Claire Trevena at September’s Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler, Mayor Marg Lampman said a “good news” announcement about the 10 Mile Slide would be coming later this fall.