The provincial government decommissioned the lower bench of Sugar Lake Road in 2012.

The provincial government decommissioned the lower bench of Sugar Lake Road in 2012.

Cherryville wants road reopened

Cherryville residents are demanding a former road at Sugar Lake be reopened.

Cherryville residents are demanding a former road at Sugar Lake be reopened.

The provincial government closed the lower portion of Sugar Lake Road in 2012, and that has created significant challenges, says director Hank Cameron.

“We would like it restored for safety and recreation,” he said.

With the 200-metre-long lower road unavailable, all traffic must use the upper section of Sugar Lake Road.

“We would like to separate the industrial (logging) traffic from the tourist traffic,” said Cameron.

There is also concern that only having one road could limit access during a fire or landslide.

“Sugar Lake Road (upper) has been blocked several times,” said Cameron.

The closure of the lower road also led to beaches on the lake being cut off.

“People have found their way around it (blockade),” said Cameron, adding that residents and tourists are inconvenienced by the poor lake access.

“It’s important to have a swimming beach.”

Cameron raised the road issue with government officials at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in September.

“I will invite them to come to speak at a meeting,” he said.