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Construction related to Site-C causing headaches for rural residents

Before Site-C can be built, a lot of work is required to be done — including maintenance to key roads.

For residents who take 240 rd. everyday, the commute likely hasn’t been ideal.

One resident, Christine Richards, said that crews are actively working on 240 rd. and widening it.

“The road is a disaster, you can only drive 10/km and even then, you’ve got mud everywhere,” she said.

As work progress, Richards added that she came home one day in October to find her landline had been removed; a big concern, as their cell service is unfavourable and her mother-in-law, staying at her home, wouldn’t be able to use a phone for help otherwise.

“Not being able to use 911, in this day and age, I think is a shame.”

Her telephone provider, TELUS, did not provide a comment about this situation, but has since remedied it temporarily with a landline that will need to be replaced next summer.

Richards said this was followed by her signing an agreement to allow crews to remove trees on her front yard. As she came home, she said BC Hydro instead accessed her and her neighbour’s property, and mulch his trees.

According to her, he had not agreed to his property being accessed, and they had not been told what was going to happen in the first place.

In an e-mailed statement, BC Hydro’s Community Relations Manager for Site-C David Conway said they are aware of the issue. “While an agreement is in place for property access, we were informed late last week of concerns the property owner had raised. We halted work to investigate further.”

He also wrote, “With respect to the work on 240 Road, it is continuing this week, in advance of winter shutdown. However, 240 Road will be gravel through the winter. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has made arrangements to properly maintain the road throughout the winter season. Work will recommence on the road in 2016.”

Director of PRRD’s Electoral District C Brad Sperling said Richards is just one of quite a few residents who has complained about construction impacting their property since work to the areas surrounding Site-C took off.

“We’ve had some noise and dust complaints, but (BC Hydro) has been giving them their attention,” he said. “The major impact is right now, because, of course they’re upgrading the roads and hauling the camps.”

Another recent disturbance Sperling has received word of are so-called ‘pop-up camps’ generating a lot of noise for nearby residents on 244B rd., but he said they have since packed up and moved.

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