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Cabot Trail Rock Slope Inventory and Assessment

Developing remedial options for rehabilitation from French Mountain to MacKenzie Mountain

  • 22


  • 2.1K

    Metres of Culvert

  • 52K

    Tonnes of Asphalt

  • Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

    Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Taking a collaborative approach to provide a long-term solution for the highway and its related assets

Mountainous terrain along the scenic Cabot Trail Highway in Cape Breton Highlands National Park can pose a challenge when it comes to geohazards. Parks Canada engaged us to perform a slope stability and rockfall hazard assessment for slopes along an 80 kilometre section of the road—from French Mountain to MacKenzie Mountain.

We inventoried and visually inspected the slopes, carried out geotechnical and geological mapping of relevant slope features, and performed condition assessments. Our geotechnical team inspected the sites for this project, performed the rockfall hazard assessment, and determined remediation options for each site to address the rockfall hazards. Rock slope stabilization programs consist of a combination of rock slope scaling, rock anchor installation, removal of rockfall debris from the catchment ditch, and in select areas, the installation of low-impact barriers to enhance catchment ditch effectiveness.

For high priority sites, we developed remedial options—to date, we’ve provided final detailed design, tendering, onsite engineering, and quality assurance services and have completed 6 rounds of remedial work at 15 slopes.

Meet Our Team

Maureen Matthew, Engineering Geologist

Partnering with people and disciplines throughout Stantec is the best part of my job. We are as good as the team we work with.

Gabriele Mellies, Senior Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

I enjoy problem solving and finding solutions for rock engineering challenges that help our clients and make our communities safer.
Gabriele Mellies Senior Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer Read More

John Nichols, Geotechnical Engineer

Client relationships are built on trust. Having their best interests in mind means engaging with them to find a solution they can be proud of.

Maureen Matthew

Engineering Geologist

Gabriele Mellies

Senior Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

John Nichols

Geotechnical Engineer

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