SLRD Area A Director Sal DeMare wants the SLRD Board of Directors to write to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure asking that the ministry review brushing, ditching and mowing road specifications of summer class 4, 5, 6 and 7 roads, especially in rural areas, in light of increased wildfire activities and atmospheric river events.
Here is the complete copy of his motion:
“With the increased issues related to Wildfires and Atmospheric Rivers in the past number of years it is imperative that our roads are maintained to a higher standard than what the MoTI Road Maintenance Specifications currently are, especially in rural areas.
As an example the Lillooet Pioneer Road (Road 40) which is a Summer Class 4 road gets brushed and ditched every year while other Summer Class 4 roads in the Bridge River Valley do not.
There are many Summer Class 5, 6, and 7 roads in rural areas that do not get brushed and ditched for years. The schedule for mowing of the sides of the roads needs to get reviewed also as some Summer Class 4 roads get mowed twice while others only once.
My request is that the Ministry review the brushing, ditching, and mowing Road Maintenance Specifications keeping in mind the impacts we are having with increased Wildfire activities and Atmospheric Rivers as it relates to Summer Class 4, 5, 6, and 7 roads, especially in rural areas of our Province.”