On May 2, 2022 a big landslide shut down Whitehorse's Robert Service Way.
Robert Service Way is the south route into downtown Whitehorse from the Alaska Highway.
We also have a north route called Two Mile Hill.
Mud and debris covered a sizeable portion of Robert Service Way, and took out barriers and the multi-purpose trail. Crews had to wait about a month to start to clear it. Other landslides occurred further along the unstable cliffs as the weeks went by.
It's now June. City of Whitehorse is planning to re-open Robert Service Way this week.
Most people have been grumbling about the heavier vehicle traffic at the opposite side of the city as that became the only way in and out of downtown Whitehorse. They are very thankful that Robert Service Way is opening up.
On the other hand, I'll really miss the road being closed.
The lack of vehicle traffic made for quiet, calm and stress-free bike rides to and from work. Cyclists, walkers and runners waved at each other, said hello, and even stopped and chatted. Needless to say, I enjoyed it while it lasted.
For the sake of posterity, I thought I would document what my experience was like.
I appreciated the landslide. Not that I want it to happen again, but the experience it created for some of us was peaceful, joyous and won't be soon forgotten.