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Dry Creek FSR in vicinity of Elkford partially closed due to road work

The work, announced by Teck, is being done to address erosion and sloughing
The section of road between the map points marked Dry Creek Road Intersection and Dry Creek Sediment Ponds, known as the Dry Creek FSR, will be temporarily closed with limited access from July 11 to October 31 2022 due to road work to address erosion and sloughing. (Courtesy of Teck)

Dry Creek Forest Service Road (in the vicinity of Elkford) will see limited access until the end of October due to road work to address erosion.

The ‘temporary road stabilization closure’ was announced in an email from a Teck spokesperson.

The road damage is due to the snow melt and spring run-off in April and May this year, combined with the impacts of the heavy rainfall and atmospheric weather event that hit B.C. last November and early December.

“Teck has recently seen soil erosion and sloughing along the Dry Creek Forest Service Road (FSR), also known as the Dry Creek Access Road, which can be reached from the Ewin Creek FSR,” the email reads.

“Unfortunately, the sloughing has made parts of the Dry Creek FSR no longer accessible due to how close the material has come to the edge. As a result, a work crew has been mobilized to fix the impacted portion of the Dry Creek FSR and it is estimated that they will be actively working in the area between July 11th to October 31st, 2022.”

The work will be to manage erosion and sediment, stabilize the slopes and road surface, and maintain the diverted road around the problem section.

Access to the Dry Creek FSR will be temporarily blocked by a barricade and signage every night from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Passage will be open during work days but will require coordination with the crews on-site to ensure safe passage, the email reads. Access to the Ewin Creek FSR will not be impacted, only the Dry Creek FSR.

The expectation is that the closure will likely be in place until the estimated completion of the work at the end of October.

“While Teck is planning to carry out some pipeline construction activity in the area next year, the work crew is solely focused on fixing the road at this time and will then demobilize off-site. Once construction is complete, the road will re-open to public access full-time.”

“We understand that this closure is an inconvenience but hope that everyone can appreciate it has been determined to be a necessary step to protect the safety of all land users in the area.”

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