Cosens Bay road upgrade opposed

Coldstream council has agreed to disagree with the provincial government’s plans to widen Cosens Bay Road

Coldstream council has agreed to disagree with the provincial government’s plans to widen Cosens Bay Road.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is proposing a boundary adjustment on the 4.5 kilometres of road through Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

If approved, the boundary adjustment would allow for road upgrades and widening to improve safety on the road, as well the provision for future utilities.

Although the work would create safer access for the approximately 73 cabin owners out at Cosens Bay, Coldstream council is concerned about the environmental impact and safety of park users.

“Certainly the users of the park would be more likely at risk if the roads were improved and the speeds were increased as a result,” said Coun. Richard Enns.

Coun. Doug Dirk adds: “That’s one of the best traffic calming roads around.”

Council unanimously agreed Monday to write a formal letter of input in opposition to the ministry’s proposal.

“This road services very few properties that are zoned for seasonal cabins,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

Of the approximately 73 landowners beyond the park who rely on the road for access, the ministry states that three to five are full-time, year-round residents with the rest primarily seasonal.

The road carries up to 230 vehicles per day during the peak season, based on traffic counts from 2010.

“We believe that control of the road excluded from the park is in the best interest of the public for safety, access and emergency service to both the park and lands beyond,” said Murray Tekano, transportation district manager, in a ministry report.

The proposal must first be considered by Parks before a final decision is made at the Legislature.

Although much opposition to the proposal has come from Coldstream residents, the section of road affected lies within the Regional District of North Okanagan, and is not under Coldstream jurisdiction.