It looks like we’ll be perilously close to winter before the Ministry of Transportation and Highways repairs the protective rip rap along Highway 16 damaged in a fierce storm eight months ago.
District manager Don Ramsay said the ministry has now turned the rip rap reconstruction over to a project manager, instead of managing it themselves. A request for proposals will be issued soon, he said, looking for a contractor to complete the project.
Once awarded, the work should take approximately six weeks, he said. Some sections of the highway have already been repaired, but many areas remain to be worked on, like the stretch of rip rap in front of Dress for Les in Tlell.
Mr. Ramsay said the work will definitely be completed by the end of the year, and probably before that. He said the main concern is the coming high tides rather than the winter weather. Mr. Ramsay, who just returned from vacation, is providing more information for next week’s Observer.
Meanwhile, islanders might want to keep an eye on their tide calendars. Dates to take special note of are Nov. 13 and Dec. 12 and 13, which have the highest tides of the year at 24 feet.