Minister frustrates Enderby politicians

The provincial government is getting a rough ride over conditions on an Enderby area road.

The provincial government is getting a rough ride over conditions on an Enderby area road.

City council is upset with the Ministry of Transportation’s response to concerns about the Enderby-Mabel Lake Road.

“Many people won’t be happy about this. The  road is God-awful,” said Coun. Greg McCune of potholes and frost-heaves.

“Motorists are constantly dodging everything and then you’re encountering other vehicles on the narrow road.”

In a letter to council, Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom says maintenance crews have been making surface repairs to the road since spring.

“In addition, the ministry recently awarded a contract for repaving some sections of this corridor, and the work is projected for completion by the end of September 2011,” said Lekstrom.

“The maintenance contractor and paving contractor will work together to repair and resurface over four kilometres of this road. In the meantime, our maintenance contractor continues to conduct repairs along approximately 1.5 kilometres of this roadway and monitor this stretch of highway, along with other roads within the area that have incurred similar damage.”

Mayor Dee Wejr says she was surprised by Lekstrom’s letter.

“We thought they were going to do the whole road and now it’s just portions of the road,” she said.

“It’s the second worst road in B.C. (according to a BCAA survey) and they’re only going to resurface four kilometres. That’s a pretty small portion of the second worst road in B.C.”

The road is the main link between Enderby and  communities to the east like Ashton Creek, Kingfisher and Mabel Lake. It is also a popular route for tourists accessing golf, camping and recreational cabins.

“It’s a busy road, even in the off-season,” said McCune.

“More and more people are living out there and they work in Enderby, Armstrong and Salmon Arm.”