Baldonnel residents invite Minister of Transportation to discuss infrastructure problems

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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has completed some maintenance to the Baldonnel Road, and other side roads in the community, but residents they still need help from the Minister to find permanent solutions.

Karin Carlson says she sent a letter to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone yesterday on behalf of herself and other residents, inviting him to come and discuss solutions in the New Year.

The first priority of the government’s B.C. On the Move plan, she says, is to ‘rehabilitate highways, bridges, and side roads,’ and references this in the letter.

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Carlson, a Two Rivers resident herself, organized a meeting with other residents of the respective neighbourhoods a few weeks ago. Plans were discussed and residents chose options to present to the Ministry — who had representatives visited the Peace in late summer to look at the roads.

“We identified a dozen items, or more, which we thought were regular, on-going maintenance for short-term issues,” she said. “Many of them are safety related.”

One of the big issues is the dust that is created by constant major truck traffic, which has stopped temporarily both because of the snow, and because the trucks have stopped driving to the recently-opened gravel put.

A representative of the Ministry wrote in an emailed statement that calcium has since been applied to prevent dust, and gravel has been laid down where soft spots were developing. As well, they added that grading has been undertaken along 260 kilometres of road in total, including on Baldonnel Road.

“Moving forward, the Ministry will work with the developer to get a sense of their projected use of the road and the scale of their operations,” the statement reads. “We will implement a plan to ensure the road is maintained and upgraded as required, to ensure a good, safe travel condition is in place for all road users.”

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