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PROJECT COMPLETED – The sheet piling wall along Robert Service Way is complete, and the road will be back in service this week, the City of Whitehorse said Monday. Photo courtesy CITY OF WHITEHORSE

Key artery will reopen this week, city says

Robert Service Way is slated to reopen later this week, the city said Monday.

By Whitehorse Star on June 14, 2022

Robert Service Way is slated to reopen later this week, the city said Monday.

Officials have not specified a day, but have ruled out any traffic controls being necessary.

The city had earlier said that controls would be required once the artery reopened.

The south access road has been closed since Apr. 30 due to a mudslide that swept debris across it and the Millennium Trail and into the Yukon River.

In an update issued Monday afternoon, the city stated, “The sheet piling wall along Robert Service Way is complete and the earth berm to strengthen the wall will be finished soon.

“These temporary measures are in place to mitigate further landslide risk in the area.

“Robert Service Way is planned to reopen later this week with no traffic controls required.

More details around the re-opening will be made available soon.

“The Millennium Trail will remain closed to keep pedestrians out of the slide area.

“There has been minimal observed movement on the escarpment, but with the anticipated rainfall, we continue to monitor the area closely.”

The public is instructed to avoid all trails and areas that remain closed.

“These areas are being assessed for reopening, and details will be publicly communicated once known; however, this is not expected to occur prior to July 1,” the city said.

Comments (16)

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jack on Jun 16, 2022 at 9:27 pm

With how many new roundabouts?

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dave on Jun 16, 2022 at 11:51 am

The road can't open until Mayors Cabotts ribbon she ordered from china arrives, for her first ribbon cutting event.

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Mick on Jun 15, 2022 at 4:38 pm

It’s wonderful the visitors to our city get to first see the overflowing car junkyards at the Cutoff on the way in to town then this rusty ‘wall’ that couldn’t hold back a wheelbarrow full of gravel.

How long before the meth heads are tagging this visual abomination?

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Mitch Holder on Jun 15, 2022 at 3:35 pm

And I can see you love the Star Comment section for the same reason anyone else does, except you are to scared to use your name where others are not, BnR. (Bipoc, not Racist? Bigot, notwithstanding Rendezvous? Big Nasty Reeeeee? What is the acronym?) Nothing personal, the public sphere is here for us to take the piss out of each other as much as anything else and as much your right as anyone's. Have a great day.

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dave on Jun 15, 2022 at 3:35 pm

BNR: clearly you don't have a sense of humour or any humour at all if you thought buddy was trying to write a proper sentence.
Get a life.

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Mitch Holder on Jun 15, 2022 at 3:32 pm

@ BnR - Only YOU would look at some tin bolted together and deign to present your ignorance with the assertion that has anything to do with credible engineering. I engineer better marvels on my lavatorial facilities while reading this article. Did last week too. If you judge people's spelling, you must be simply batsh*t racist to immigrants.

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Same on Jun 15, 2022 at 12:54 pm

@Nathan Living, I was thinking the same. What's the logic for installing a wall where it's already come down? kinda like closing the barn door after the horse has left. What about the rest, more vertical area?

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BnR on Jun 15, 2022 at 9:00 am

Snowball said: “Man those people not using a brain.”
You can’t form a proper sentence and you’re criticizing the engineers design?
Oh how I love the Stars comments section.

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CJ2 on Jun 15, 2022 at 1:09 am

I find it really disturbing, the way they handled this road situation. It just seems so unlikely that it was necessary to keep it closed for two months. This isn't about climate change, it's the fallout from the pandemic, where governments became mired in a "nobody moves, nobody gets hurt" philosophy. It's going to take years to grow the problem-solving neurons back.

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Nathan Living on Jun 14, 2022 at 9:38 pm

Seems there is the potential for a massive slide along the section closer to town.

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vlad on Jun 14, 2022 at 9:30 pm

Looking at the photos my thought is...should there be another slide of any magnitude not only do walkers, riders and the like have to out maneuver loon crap they will have to duck all the shrapnel coming down with it.

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jack on Jun 14, 2022 at 7:13 pm

Also a property tax increase to cover the costs.....

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Jason G on Jun 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

That’s some expensive scrap metal…. Classic COW wasting money. It’s just sat in someone’s yard for years based on the rust or probably reused yet COW paid new price tag. Smh

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Karl on Jun 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

What about the part that doesn't have the barricade in front of it? You know, the really steep part that didn't already fall down.

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Snowball on Jun 14, 2022 at 4:26 pm

Lol - like that's going too work. It will just go over it. Man those people not using a brain.

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Matthew on Jun 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Didn't we hear that last week too? Is the city going to close it down every spring for simply the "fear of a slide"... entire thing is completely a "climate change theatre"

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