Complaints about the road to Seton Portage

"The following letter to Todd Hubner, Ministry of Transportation and Highways Cariboo District Manager, was copied to the News for publication."

Dear Mr. Hubner,

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I am writing this letter in the hope that someone will look into these complaints.

Location: between Seton Portage and Terzaghi Dam in the Lillooet District.

At the Bridge River power station, the Seton Portage Road, a single lane road, goes under and through BC Hydro power lines (between the BC Hydro Bridge 1 powerhouse and the switch yard). This road is narrowed by fences and some "no posts", yet there are no lights or at least reflectors along that stretch of road. This is a night time hazard and accidents have occurred at this location in the past.

Driving up Mission Mountain road, by itself a very dangerous road, most of the stretch is one lane only and switchbacks, yet the Ministry of Transportation's contractor, Interior Roads, is putting up signs with the arrows pointing in the opposite direction of the switchbacks. Mission Mountain has very extreme weather conditions, from heavy fog, snowfall or rain. In conditions like that a motorist could easily get confused. These signs are in five locations on that mountain.

Grading is nearly non-existent and the road is extremely rough which is contributing to the danger of driving the road.

Slides are not being removed, which is narrowing these sections of road.

On the north side of Mission Mountain, a gradall, working a couple of weeks ago, stopped cleaning ditches one kilometer before the bottom of Mission Mountain and all along Carpenter Lake.

Dust control has never been applied along the five-kilometer stretch of road from the bottom of Mission Mountain to the Terzaghi Dam tunnel. I do believe that this stretch of road is still a public road.

My question is: Why is this area receiving so little, or no consideration, of the basic safety requirements that is law under the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Act?

Edeltrud Skutnik

Seton Portage, BC

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