* This post has been updated at 12.35 pm with new information regarding budgets & who to voice your concern to *
The Hurley has gone back to being a Forest Service Road! This news is really great and it sounds like more maintenance will be done. That’s the good news, now for the bad news. Unfortunately now there is no money in the budget for snow plowing and the plan is to let the road melt out naturally. This means there will be no Hurley access until late June or July/August some years depending on the snow pack. The budget this year is $110,000 which includes a one time payment of $80,000 to work on known road issues. That only leaves $30,000 for the rest of the summer maintenance, grading etc.
Tom Illidge the local contractor who has plowed the Hurley many times estimated this year it would cost between $8,000 – $10,000. Tom is ready to go if he gets the call!
This decision was made by Provincial Government & not the Squamish Lillooet Regional District who were only told about it. If you are not happy with this decision you need to let your local MLA know about it as soon as possible. Give them a call and send them an email with your thoughts and suggestions.
Jackie Tegart 877-378-4802 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Sturdy 604 922-1153 email@example.com
Message from our SLRD Area A Director Debbie Demare: The single most important thing you can do is phone your MLA , whoever that is, and ask them to call you back.. Keep phoning until they do. They are supposed to represent YOU not the other way around. Then send an email. Then take the survey above, click on Hurley Survey above these posts. As your regional district director, as usual, it falls to local government to be the ones doing the real representing of their residents, I am hosting a toll free teleconference tomorrow(Thursday, 15th) at 8 am. You need to email me if you wish to be on it and I will send out the teleconference info late tonight. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take this survey to let us know what your thoughts are about this decision:
This is the official statement from MLA Jackie Tegart from her website:
PEMBERTON – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is assuming ownership and summer maintenance of the Hurley River Road from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The Hurley River Road is a 49-kilometre two-lane gravel road, located 30 kilometres west of Pemberton, which services the communities of Gold Bridge, Bralorne and Gun Lake. Until now, various sections fell under the authority of two different ministries. This change puts in place a Forest Service Road designation for the entire length of the road.
“The Hurley River Road is an important link between communities and supports local tourism and economic development opportunities,” said West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy. “By bringing the road under the purview of one ministry, we can ensure consistent management of the route, improve road safety for summer travellers and importantly, legitimize off-road vehicle use.”
“This initiative came from the community and lots of benefits will flow to residents including opportunities to promote local economic development,” said Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.
“I am very pleased that MLA Sturdy and MLA Tegart listened to myself and our community and worked hard to make this step in the right direction for the long-term maintenance of the road possible,” said Debbie Demare, Electoral Area A Director for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. “This road is a critical economic driver for the Bridge River Valley, and it is great to see the government do something that will allow for a more effective use of available budget and produce a better result on the Hurley River Road.”
The Hurley River Road traverses remote, high mountain terrain and several avalanche paths. As part of the transfer agreement, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will provide up to $110,000 for additional gravel, drainage, maintenance and other improvements for the coming summer season. The road will remain unmaintained during the winter season. There will be no snowplowing on the road, regardless of time of year. The transfer of maintenance funding will improve safety, reliability and the travelling experience for tourists and other summer road users.