After more than a decade of anxiety, some southeast residents are breathing a sigh of relief as an expensive project to stabilize a slope that was crumbling just metres from dozens of homes nears completion.

The southeast neighbourhoods of McKenzie Lake and Douglasdale wake up each morning to the sounds of heavy machinery driving piles deep into the bedrock below more than 24 homes on an escarpment bordering Fish Creek Park.

The massive project — which was originally estimated at $19 million but could wind up costing the city upwards of $25 million — will permanently stabilize the slope by next summer after years of temporary fixes that saw the embankment continue to slide away.

“This goes back 12 years,” said McKenzie Lake community association president D’Arcy Duquette. “The homeowners have been watching it for that period of time — they’ve watched it very slowly progress toward their houses.

“If you allowed that to go on for the next 10 years, eventually (those houses) would be at the edge of the cliff. That’s basically what they’re trying to stop.”

An entrance to a construction site in McKenzie Lake in southeast Calgary on Friday, July 6, 2018. A massive project to replace the berm facing Fish Creek Park is underway in McKenzie Lake. Jim Wells/Postmedia

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An entrance to a construction site in McKenzie Lake in southeast Calgary on Friday, July 6, 2018. A massive project to repair the berm facing Fish Creek Park is underway in McKenzie Lake. Jim Wells/Postmedia

The project will also shore up a key 3.5-kilometre section of the popular Bow River pathway that has suffered from cracking and erosion — especially following heavy rainfall — since 2005.

Duquette, who regularly cycles the pathway, says he’s watched construction …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

      

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