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Council to decide on stabilizing eroding riverbanks

Public path will be lost without intervention

About 3.5 km of riverbank near the communities of Douglasdale and McKenzie Lake are slowly crumbling, and need attention.

Jennifer Friesen - For Metro

About 3.5 km of riverbank near the communities of Douglasdale and McKenzie Lake are slowly crumbling, and need attention.

Council will decide Monday on moving forward with a plan to prevent riverbank erosion in the communities of Douglasdale and Mckenzie Lake. 

D’Arcy Duquette, President of the Mckenzie Lake Community Association, said the eroding slopes around the Bow River have become a safety issue for people who use the riverside pathway. 

“Those slopes are 40-50 feet deep and they’re straight down to the river,” he said.

The city’s report on the slopes say floods and heavy rainfall events over the past 10 years have led to general instability along the pathways and near some homes. 

“They wanted to close the pathway permanently, and we said no – that’s not the solution,” said Duquette.

He said a five-day census of the pathway showed 2,000 people using it each day. 

Duquette and other members of the community association put together a proposal on stabilizing a 3.5 kilometre stretch of the path for the the standing committee on transportation and transit. He said the committee approved the suggestions unanimously.

Now it will be up to council to make the final decision.

Coun. Shane Keating said there’s no danger of anything falling in the river tomorrow, but it’s the sort of work that needs to be done sooner, rather than later.

He said engineering reports show parts of the pathway, which is in his ward, have fallen below the required safety factors.

One section of the slopes were fixed with a caisson wall, but it will be up to engineers to find a solution for the larger 3.5 km section that needs attention.

Due to the tendering process, Keating said no reports on costs are available on the potential project.

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