Government proposes anti-erosion measures for Souris Causeway

Published on February 11, 2016

Souris Causeway

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Involves  220-metre protective wall of hemlock, a wood that resists decay, protected by layer of sandstone

The provincial government has presented Souris council with draft plans for work to protect the town's causeway from ocean erosion.

The proposed anti-erosion measures involve a 220-metre protective wall made of hemlock, a wood that naturally resists decay. This wall will be protected by a layer of sandstone. The nearby dune system will not be directly impacted by this construction.

The system was designed with input from experts, including an oceanographer familiar with the movement of sand and water in the Souris area.

Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar said the investment is a fiscally responsible way to make sure that a main route to eastern Prince Edward Island is protected from the impact of storms and of climate change.

“Climate change is making severe storm events more frequent, so this kind of protection is very important for our critical infrastructure,” she said.

“We recognize that this road and the beach adjoining it are very important to residents of Souris, so we have offered the council the chance to see our proposal and offer their support before we proceed with construction.”

P.E.I. spent roughly $9 million on replacing the Souris bridge, which opened in August.

Construction of the new seawall could begin before spring, with community support.