A highway in the area is about to be shut down for landslide issues, and it isn't the first time. 

Highway 837 on the way to Orkney will be shut down this week so crews can remove debris that may cause harm in the future.

"As a safety precaution we are going to move in there in the next few days and take down a big ledge of rock that has been hanging off the side of the hill," explained Wayne Wood from Alberta Transportation. "We have a contractor that is moving on site now, he is going to bring that rock ledge down just to make sure it doesn't come down on it own and damage property and or vehicles."

The hill came down earlier this year in May which covered the highway completely. The clean up took more than a week to have a single lane of traffic flow through the highway. After that, alternating traffic lights were put in place.

"This has been sliding since about June of 2017, and we had a larger slide earlier this year. So we are hoping that bringing down that rock ledge, and evening out that slope of the hill will help for the short term. We will continue to monitor the situation and see if it is going to continue. If not, we are okay, and if so we will have to take other remedial measures," continued Wood.

Local traffic is able to be on the road, but will not be able to cross the site of the landslide.

"It is going to be a complete closure for the next seven days, so, unfortunately, there is going to be a detour in place, it is a rather long one. People will have to take Highways 575 and Highway 27, over to Highway 836 and detour around that way, coming to and/ or from Drumheller," concluded Wood.

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