Cost to repair break estimated to be $60k
According to Municipality of West Hants, a sinkhole has been developing for about a year near the Oulton's Card Lock Fuel Station.
A developing sinkhole in Garlands Crossing is creating some headaches for West Hants Public Works employees.
Rick Sherrard, the municipality's director of public works, informed council of the issue at their committee of the whole meeting Aug. 23. The sinkhole has been developing for about a year near the Oulton's Card Lock Fuel Station.
Due to significant “sub-surface settlement,” the bottom of the sewer main has been split, Sherrard told councillors.
“Our estimate at this point is it'll take about five days and $60,000 to repair it. That's without digging it and you don't know what you're going to find when you start digging,” said Sherrard.
The public works staff are in the process of putting together a work plan. Sherrard said when they open up the area, they will have to provide 24-hour traffic control.
“It's going to be a significant project,” said Sherrard. “There is about six to eight metres of pipe that will need to be replaced. Beyond that, we won't know until we get it opened up.”
Warden Richard Dauphinee, who is the councillor for that area, asked if the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) was involved with the repair.
Although the developing sinkhole issue lies within the TIR right-of-way, Sherrard said the problem is the municipality's to fix as it is their sewer main that is split.
“I understand we need to fix our sewer line... but where it's their property and it's a sinkhole and it's getting bigger, wouldn't they have to be part of it?” asked Dauphinee.
Sherrard said the sinkhole is not located in the road and is not impacting traffic safety.
He noted that if the municipality fixes the sewer line but TIR doesn't address the sinkhole, the sewer line could get broken again.
Deputy Warden Gary Cochrane said he felt TIR should be involved with the repair and also noted concerns over the sinkhole by Meadow Lake.
“They keep patching that one out by Meadow Lake. That's going to be a major one, one day,” said Cochrane. “I think you can almost feel it waving when you drive across it sometimes. I think that... is really going to show up on the front page of the paper someday.”
The warden was asked to contact the TIR department to see if he could get the issue addressed with top officials so the repair can be made quickly.
“Right now our work plan looks like the third week of September is the earliest we can get at it anyway,” Sherrard said.
Coun. Victor Swinamer asked if the sewer is currently leaking, to which Sherrard said the bottom of the pipe was broken right out. They surveyed the situation using a video camera.
“So in the real world, this can't be put off for too long,” said Swinamer.
Sherrard said they don't want to see it put “off for months and months” but “addressed within a reasonable period of time.”
An update on the situation was anticipated to come forward at the next meeting.