Cherryville residents demand upgrades to Highway 6

Cherryville residents are giving conditions on Highway 6 a rough ride.

Cherryville residents are giving conditions on Highway 6 a rough ride.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board is being asked to write the Ministry of Transportation and demand upgrades to the highway from the Gold Panner Campground to Mine Hill.

“The surface is breaking up. It’s really bad,” said director Eugene Foisy.

“It’s going to need more than cosmetic painting  of the lines. People are really choked about it.”

Besides local residents, the six-kilometre stretch of highway is used by logging trucks, commercial vehicles and tourists moving between the Okanagan and the Kootenays.

“When the Trans-Canada Highway slides in and is closed, the traffic generally comes this way,” said Foisy.

The primary concern is the deteriorating condition of the highway will lead to an accident.

“When you meet a logging truck, you can be trying to avoid broken pavement and the road is sunk away in spots,” said Foisy.

Besides a letter to the ministry, Foisy plans to raise the issue with Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster.

“We’re not trying to be miserable out here but something has to be done,” he said.