Jumbo road costs

Mr. Bennett still sets off easily and fails to think of the ramifications of his letter.

Mr. Bennett still sets off easily and fails to think of the ramifications of his letter.

I’m quite sure Peter Ross intended to say that the cost of mainenance of a road to Jumbo Glacier Resort is more than the public should have to bear.

Bill goes on ad-nauseam on construction when he must know that in Peter’s years on RDEK he had seen lists like this and a number more.

The proponent builds the road to government specifications (we have to hope that that requirement won’t be relaxed) and when all requirements are met, the government takes over ownership, maintenance and upkeep.

That is, unless they decide to download maintenance and upkeep onto the RDEK or the new resort municipality.

This Jumbo road issue was discussed endlessly 20 years ago. Will design of slide protection be adequate? Where will the salt and gravel go in spring runoff and what harm will be done by that runoff? What will snow removal costs be? Where will snow be moved to from some of the roadway portions?

Please give us some assurances on these design and maintenance issues Mr. Bennett- we have known for 20 years that the taxpayer doesn’t build this type of road.

 

Bill Silversides

Fernie