West Jasper Place residents are still facing sewer problems, and more trouble has cropped up. The trunk line, buried deep beneath 100 ave at 151 street has city staff worried. It’s to the point where Monday night they’re getting an update from the city at an open meeting at the community league hall, 9620-152 St.
“It’s critical. It could collapse,” said Irene Blain, the civics director for the community league. “It could be collapsing in some areas, we have no idea.”
“That’s one of the questions, are they prepared for that? What would they do?”
“What surprised us was that the life expectancy of this particular infrastructure is not being realized,” said Todd Wyman, the executive director of utility infrastructure for the city. “So being 45-50 years old, it’s not going to be in great, if not super condition, but it’s deteriorated more than we anticipated.”
“When we first were in there to visually look at the situation we saw that portions of the concrete at the roof of the tunnel had fallen away. Risk of collapse is something we’d have to get into a bit more detail. Then we want to make sure how far it has progressed? Is it creating further voids or is it something we can manage?”
Part of the work he said crews have to do, is inspect how big of a problem they’re facing, and what would be involved if they have to divert the trunk line around the problem area so they would have room to do a proper repair. He said they’re still assessing that, and that will be part of their message to residents.
Blain is calling on the entire line to get the once over. “I think the public needs to go to their council and ask council to ensure that a visual inspection is done of the entire line,” she said.
The Monday night meeting is at 7 p.m.