Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. Storms on Nov. 14-15 caused the creek to cut into the bank and destroy the road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Andres Flyfishing)

Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. Storms on Nov. 14-15 caused the creek to cut into the bank and destroy the road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Andres Flyfishing)

Work set to begin repairing Coal Creek Road

It is estimated to take five weeks to repair the road and riverbank along Coal Creek

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting have reported that they’ll soon be getting underway with a five-week construction project to repair works to Coal Creek Road.

The road had been severely undermined and damaged during the rain storms that lashed B.C. in mid-November, 2021, with the access up Coal Creek completely cut.

According to Mainroad, work to restore Coal Creek Road will begin on Jan. 24 and continue for five weeks.

“Construction equipment such as tandem trucks hauling road base repair material and excavators placing rip rap material will have a strong presence during the reconstruction of Coal Creek Road,” said the release.

“Expect traffic delays, traffic control personnel, stockpiles of road base repair material, Do Not Enter Construction Areas, and single lane alternating traffic as more sections of Coal Creek Road is repaired.”

The works will include a ‘noticeable’ number of dump trucks passing through residential areas in Fernie to reach the construction areas between 8 am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on the weeks that the work takes place. They will be hauling road base repair material and rip rap for the shore bank reinforcement work.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting have been taking material from the rock cut east of Elko for the past few weeks to use for the Coal Creek Road repairs.

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Aerial perspective captures changes to Coal Creek near Fernie



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