Despite ongoing problems, Woodlands County has decided to reopen both Bison Road and East Mountain Road to vehicle traffic starting this weekend.
Both roads have had major concerns and closures over the last month due to erosion and other issues.
Woodlands County received repair proposals for both roads, which closed on June 22. However, the lowest bid was quoted at 86% over the engineer’s estimate. Therefore, Council rejected all bids and has directed Administration to have the engineers conduct site surveys, determine quantities for a simplified bid process, and retender the culverts separately for a two-week bid period.
The engineering consultants have recommended that East Mountain Road remain closed, however, Council noted that the new bid process will delay time for repairs.
Council has requested that East Mountain Road be opened to the public and monitored daily for any further erosion or safety concerns. Mayor John Burrows says that because it’s hard to know how much of the road is washed out under the surface, engineers will put plates on the road to stabilize it from collapsing again.
There will also be weight restrictions in place. While the roadway will be open for light vehicular traffic, a 50% road ban has been imposed between Highway 43 and Range Road 120 and speed has been reduced to 15km/hour in the repair zone.
The County says the road will be closed again on short notice if heavy precipitation or deterioration of the surface occurs.