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Road projects abound in rural areas

Demands for improved road maintenance are coming from throughout the North Okanagan.

The Ministry of Transportation is being told of deficiencies on a number of roads in the rural electoral areas.

“There are concerns about the condition of Silver Star Road,” said director Mike Macnabb, who has heard from residents and businesses at Silver Star.

“We get humongous frost heaves along there.”

Another issue that is arising is the Enderby-Mabel Lake Road heading east to Kingfisher.

“Mabel Lake Road has two levels of snow removal — up to Ashton Creek and then beyond,” said director Jackie Pearase.

“I went out the other day and it was crap and then when I came back, it was still crap, and it hadn’t snowed all day.”

But there appears to be some positive developments taking place on the Lumby-Mabel Lake Road.

“We have committed to do some blasting and road widening this summer a couple of kilometres from the park,” said Danny Morris, the ministry’s district operations manager.

Among the concerns coming from residents is that portions of the Lumby-Mabel Lake Road are narrow and in rough shape.

The South Mabel Lake Property Owners initiated a petition last year demanding improvements to both the paved and gravel portions of the road because of growing traffic volumes and close calls on the route.

 

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