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This large granite slab was worked on for over half an hour before it let loose with a final shove and slid down the face. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
REPORTING · 9th May 2011
Merv Ritchie
There are short delays on the highway between Terrace and Prince Rupert at the various rock bluffs along this stunning world renowned scenic drive. Large and small boulders periodically fall creating potentially life threatening conditions. To mitigate these issues crews attend to the bluffs with large chipping and prying bars to jar loose granite chunks before they fall on their own.

By working along the cliff faces, suspended by cables the workers climb up and down the bluffs looking for anything they can dislodge. There are minor delays, up to 20 minutes, but it is worth the wait for a safer journey.

Attached below is a short video clip of one large slab of granite they worked on for approximately a half hour before a final shove by one of the workers had it sail to the ground.
 Loader clears the debris before traffic is allowed to pass through again. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
Loader clears the debris before traffic is allowed to pass through again. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
The bluffs just west of Kitsumkalum and traffic waiting at the flag person. -  Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
The bluffs just west of Kitsumkalum and traffic waiting at the flag person. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
 Billabong road maintenance personal and traffic from Prince Rupert waiting to pass through. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
Billabong road maintenance personal and traffic from Prince Rupert waiting to pass through. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
A large amount of granite boulders piled on the south side of the highway. -  Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich
A large amount of granite boulders piled on the south side of the highway. - Photo by Cynthia Wunderlich