VICTORIA, B.C. – Chimera Springs Rockwork has won a $119,300 contract to drill, blast and secure Carwash Rock Bluff, the B.C. Minister of Transportation and Highways has announced.
“Carwash Rock has long been a hazard to transport trucks and other vehicles travelling Hwy. 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert,” says spokesman Helmut Giesbrecht. “This work will increase vertical clearance by 12 metres and lane width by up to 1.5 metres.”
Three hundred cubic metres of rock will be removed from the bluff at Carwash Rock, 48 kms. west of Terrace. Before any rock is removed, the contractor will drill holes over a 25-metre horizontal distance to install rock bolts to stabilize the bluff.
Work is scheduled to begin March 5 and is scheduled for completion by March 31.
Rock blasting and removal is expected to take 12 days and will cause some delays.