Baldonnel residents search for solutions to high-traffic dirt roads

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Residents in Baldonnel and Two Rivers are working towards solutions to improve the state of dirt roads, and shared their thoughts and opinions on Tuesday night during a meeting.

Two Rivers resident Karin Carlson organized the event with Brenda Leslie, in response to the increase of traffic in the respective towns.

“That gravel pit opened up this summer, it wasn’t there before and the volume and the amount of traffic has been causing some problems with the maintenance on the road because they weren’t built for that kind of traffic,” Carlson told Energetic City.

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“In the summertime, the dust creates a real hazard. You can’t see either oncoming traffic, or anybody who might be on the road,” she said, adding around 30 to 40 people attended, and shared similar feelings.

Carlson also learned during this meeting that the residents who live on corner have the endure the sound created by big trucks using their jake brakes.

The solutions they discussed were separated as short- or long-term solutions. Short term solutions can be reached within 1-3 years, and long term would take up to 10 years to finalize.

Carlson said she knows it’s not possible to have the road paved by next summer, but her and other residents sought chipsealing the road as a more efficient solution for a rural road.

A representative from Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm’s Constituency Office told Energetic City that the complaints received about this issue were redirected to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, who sent representatives to analyze the land in the late summer.

According to Carlson, they told her a traffic study will be done in the near future, but have not updated to say when.

As for now, Carlson said they will be compiling the result of public meeting brainstorming and distributing this new information to public officials and the respective ministries to step closer to finding a solution.

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