Spall improving road

Reconstruction and realignment of two corners on Salmon River Road underway

Work on a major road project in Spallumcheen is well underway.

Crews will be doing a reconstruction and realignment of two corners on Salmon River Road, between Hallam and Matheson roads.

“The project began March 25 with Okanagan Aggregates, and they’ve just completed clearing and grubbing and removing some of the trees from the corners,” said Ed Forslund, public works manager for the township.

Right now, there is still two-way traffic with the existing road in place. When load restrictions come off, traffic control will take over for approximately a month.

The project also includes an asphalt overlay from Knob Hill Road to Hallam Road, which is the completion of a project started in 2007.

The entire project is supposed to be wrapped up by the end of June but Forslund is optimistic it will be completed ahead of schedule as crews got an early start on it.

Park nears completion

Work on the new McLeod Park in McLeod subdivision is about 95 per cent complete, said Forslund.

“Contractors have installed the rubber safety surface,” he said. “The sign is being made and there’s still a little bit of turf to be put down.”

If all goes according to plan, Forslund is proposing an official opening ceremony in mid-May with a date to be firmed up closer to the park’s completion.

The township has applied to Kal Tire for a grant to help pay for the recycled rubber used in the project, which would match a 50 per cent grant that the B.C. Tire Stewardship gives out.

Noxious weeds under control

Not that they have a lot of problems with them, but Spallumcheen council unanimously supported a Regional District of North Okanagan request to continue looking after noxious weeds, should there be any complaints from the township.

“They’ve got all of the equipment and licensing, and they’ve made the offer to all the municipalities,” said Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts. “We don’t have such a program of our own.”

If the township receives a complaint about noxious weeds, they alert its public works manager who then contacts RDNO, who then discusses the matter with the property owner.