TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier announced today that the road to Kinuseo Falls in Monkman Provincial Park will be getting some much-needed upgrades in the near future.
Making the announcement on behalf of Transportation Minister Todd Stone, Bernier says that the operation and maintenance of the Murray Forest Service Road will be transferred to the Transportation ministry. The road, which is known locally as Kinuseo Falls Road, was previously the responsibility of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The 50 kilometre-long dirt road runs from south of Tumbler Ridge to the entrance to Monkman Provincial Park.
The change is part of the B.C. on the Move 10-year improvement plan for provincial infrastructure, and will ensure consistent and ongoing maintenance of the road during the summer months. The dirt road is known throughout the Peace for being a particularly bumpy ride.
“I’m thrilled that the ministry has been able to proceed with the transfer of the Kinuseo Falls Road this fall,” said Bernier. “This is something the District of Tumbler Ridge has been asking for and the commitment by the ministry to maintain the road will give the district the opportunity to promote the spectacular tourist attractions in the area.”
The road accesses a large portion of the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, a site recognized by UNESCO as having geological heritage of significance. With the change, the ministry will also discuss giving the road a new name with the district.
Maintenance work on the road will start in the fall, with more work planned for next spring.