Do something about our road

Editor: Open Letter to Hon. Thomson and Hon. Stone.

Editor:

Open Letter to Hon. Thomson and Hon. Stone

During 2014 I wrote you several letters concerning the use of Colleymount Rd.  by commercial logging trucks. Other concerned residents of Colleymount Rd. also wrote letters of grave concern about the use of Colleymount as an industrial haul road. As you should now be aware, Colleymount Rd. is a rural road that was built in the 60’s mainly for access to Alcan. It was never built to the standards of today’s roads nor was it meant to haul logs on. It is a curvy, very narrow in lots of places and many many blind corners. This was all brought to your attention during 2014. I have an entire file about 1 inch thick of my correspondences with you and the local area managers.

I am also sure you have been advised of the group of local Colleymount residents (called The Colleymount Working Group) who recently sent a petition with close to 1000 signatures to you raising concerns about the deplorable conditions of this road….sink holes, huge pots holes, parts of the road sliding into the lake. I could go on and on but won’t since you have been advised of all these conditions.

Yes, this past summer some improvements were made….brushing to make parts of the road more visible and widening an area that was falling into the lake, patching a sink hole area that was about three feet deep, etc. etc.

The reason for this letter is to inform you of exactly what we residents have been fearing all along.

I am attaching 4 pictures of an accident that occurred today between a loaded log truck meeting a contracted grader along a narrow section of Colleymount Rd at approximately 51 kms. I don’t have pictures of the grader but apparently the blade was completely broken in the accident and  the log truck went over the bank. It is now sitting on its side with diesel fuel leaking into Francois Lake and its load of logs in the water. Fortunately, it has been reported that both drivers are not seriously injured. I have not verified this. It is an absolute miracle that the log truck driver was not killed.

You can expect more of these accidents unless major upgrades are made to this road or the log trucks are forced to use the industrial road that was built for them to haul logs on…it’s called “The Morice Nadina Haul Road”.

We would appreciate your attention to this matter and for once do something about this road.

Sincerely,

Judy Stratton

Colleymount, BC

 

Just Posted

Burns Lake to scrap fireworks ban

Fireworks still illegal to sell and store under proposed bylaw

Humboldt strong in Burns Lake

Readers share their #jerseysforhumboldt photos

Campaign for extended ferry service sailing on

Southside residents want 20-hour service

Filling in the cracks on Eighth Avenue

Plans scaled back after grant application rejected

NDP gives Liberal budget ‘failing grade’ on gender equality

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson said budget doesn’t do enough to focus on pay equity

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Builder of Kinder Morgan reinforces concerns over project

B.C. heads to court over pipeline jurisdiction as builder says doubt warranted

Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program, but cost an issue

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says she fears costs could be far higher than $19 billion

Canada’s oldest blood donor says it’s all gain, no pain after decades of giving

Great-grandmother and Coquitlam, B.C., resident has been donating blood since the late 1940s

Union says Trump bullying threatens hundreds of B.C. pulp mill jobs

Fear mounts that new U.S. anti-dumping duties could price Catalyst mills out of business

B.C. real estate regulator to undergo NDP review

B.C. real estate agents were self-regulated until 2016, when BC Liberals appointed superintendent

B.C. pizza shop broken into 4 times in 2 weeks

A Vernon business owner is beginning to feel targeted

Man accused of Abbotsford school stabbing hearing voices, intensely paranoid

Lawyer says Gabriel Klein not fit to stand trial in May because of deteriorating mental state

Most Read