RDMW concerned over San Jo Main road closures

The San Josef Main Forest Service Road is scheduled for upgrades this summer

The San Josef Main Forest Service Road will be closed this summer and fall for days at a time to accommodate the upgrade of several bridges and crossings.

In response, the Regional District of Mount Waddington has written a letter to the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, expressing concern over the selected dates and the length of closures.

A release from the ministry of Forests explains that “In 2018 we are planning to replace 7 bridges and one embedded CMP between 14.7km and 16km. We are not planning any road closures in the months of July or August, however, if weather conditions in June are too wet, we may need to shut down during July – We will not impact any long weekends.”

The release specifically states that San Josef Main will be closed for bridge construction from:

• Monday June 18- Thursday June 21 2018

• Monday June 25- Thursday June 28 2018

• Tuesday Sept 4- Friday Sept 7 2018

• Tuesday Sept 11- Friday Sept 14 2018

“It’s right in the middle of the busiest season,” said RDMW Chair Andrew Hory, during a presentation by Duncan Taggart from the Ministry of Forest Lands and Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, at the RDMW’s March 20 board meeting.

“It’s not a good time in our opinion to close those bridges and if they are able to do it at an alternative time that would be helpful,” stated Hory, who also added that length of closures would mean stopping all traffic for four days at a time.

San Josef Main is the only way for tourists to access popular destinations like the north coast beaches, Cape Scott Provincial Park, and the North Coast Trail and the closures would also impact West Coast communities like Holberg and Winter Harbour.

“It’s definitely going to hurt,” said Coun. and Port Hardy Board Representative John Tidbury, adding, “With those roads, there’s no way around them – When it’s down, it’s down.”

Taggart responded by stating that he would take note of the issue and follow up with the ministry.

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

VIDEO: North Island Peewee Eagles unleash avalanche of goals against Peninsula in semi-final showdown

The two teams squared up on Sunday morning at the Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill.

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation takes the next step towards getting Trustee Road land

Seniors rejoice, Port Hardy council is very much in favour of helping… Continue reading

Port Hardy Volleyball club requests funding from Port Hardy council

The sport of Volleyball is alive and well in the North Island,… Continue reading

Should aquaculture programs be offered at North Island College in Port Hardy?

“I think it would be very timely to have an aquaculture program”

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read