Lochside Drive is only open to local traffic as the Capital Regional District has started site preparation to remove a crane truck that has been on lying on its side for nearly two weeks.
CRD Water Services General Manager Ted Robbins says they hope to have the truck lifted out on Thursday, with site clean-up finished Friday.
Lochside Drive is closed between Martindale Road and Island View Road and Central Saanich officials say it will remain closed until Friday, advising drivers to plan alternate routes.
Beginning tomorrow Feb 5 at 7am, Lochside Dr between Martindale Rd & Island View Rd will be closed for site prep for the crane truck recovery. More info https://t.co/LZeot5HlNV #CSaan #yyjtraffic pic.twitter.com/1ZaN2fsM4l
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Robbins says the CRD took control of recovery efforts from the vehicle’s owner with the crane lying just a metre away from a water transmission main that services the entire Saanich Peninsula.
The large crane/truck was heading northbound on Lochside Drive Jan. 24 when it slipped off the road and fell on its side in a field next to the road.
There were no injuries.
Officials say there was no oil leak, but oil-absorbing pads have been put down next to the truck as a precaution.
Robbins says the ground condition around the crane is poor and crews will have to build a rock platform for larger cranes to be set up on a more stable base.
The site preparation will take place today and Wednesday.
Robbins says the job of lifting the crane out of the ditch should take an hour or two once a rigging has been established.
Once the truck is removed, it will be transported to the owner’s property and Robbins says the CRD will begin site cleanup.