Road dust raises concern in Spallumcheen

John Toporchak, a resident of L&A Cross Road, wrote council with a concern about dust control on the road.

The dust hasn’t settled on a dirty issue in Spallumcheen.

John Toporchak, a resident of L&A Cross Road, wrote council with a concern about dust control on the road.

Toporchak said his road was graded in May and was told that a dust control product would be put on the road the following week.

“We were OK with that,” said Toporchak. “The following week came and went and no dust control. We were forced to live in a cloud of dust from the traffic on the road.”

Toporchak said dust control was put on the road but, “it didn’t seem as though it had been done as well as previous years, as there was dust arising from traffic just about right away.”

“We were told that it had been done the same as in previous years,” said Toporchak, who stated he and his family have noticed a, “big difference in the amount of dust in the area coming from the traffic on the road.”

“Unless vehicles are moving at a snail’s pace along the road,” there is dust,” said Toporchak.

“There is dust in the house. It is everywhere.”

Toporchak said there are four residences and six businesses along the road.

Spallumcheen chief administrative officer Corey Paiement said council received Toporchak’s letter for discussion, and looked at potential options.

Those options include installing temporary or permanent signage to have vehicles slow down on the road; not encourage use of the road when there are other roads nearby, such as Old Kamloops Road and Highway 97A; putting down a second pass of dust suppressant; or significantly expensive options like chip sealing or paving the road.

Council has asked public works manager Ed Forslund to look into the options and report back at the next council meeting July 13.

In the meantime, the township will erect temporary construction signs that say ‘slow’ at both ends of the road in the hopes of reducing dust.