Letter to Minister of Transportation regarding Coalmont Road concerns

My concern is the Coalmont Road, has become a major transportation corridor for large commercial vehicles, including b-trains.

Dear Sir,

My concern with the Coalmont Road, is that a very narrow, mountainous by-way, has become a major transportation corridor for large commercial vehicles, including b-trains. The Coalmont Energy Corp. mine and numerous logging companies use this route to transport their goods to market. This road was never designed for these huge, heavy trucks, the vehicles have a tendency to take up the whole road and even the shoulders on the curves(of which there are many). The edges of the road are breaking, crumbling and in many cases sinking and threatening to break away and slough off, down to the river. We need commerce and jobs, but we have to consider the infrastructure and the maintenance of same, when encouraging this type of activity. Do these company’s pay anything toward the maintenance of this road? Those of us that live beyond Coalmont and rely on the road for transportation for access to medical and access to ambulances, access to shopping, and all the other things required to sustain life, need this road. It is slowly becoming unusable due to the heavy traffic. It is also becoming dangerous, as we never know what kind of monster truck will be just around the bend. This road needs to be up-graded, with proper signage, weight limits and maintenance. It needs to be widened( there is even one section that is one-way only) Let’s not wait until someone is killed, to address this problem.

Anne M. Passey, Coalmont, B.C.