By: Korie Marshall
Damage to the Yellowjacket Creek Bridge on the East Canoe Forest Service Road is being repaired and will impact traffic flow while the work continues.
Damage was caused to the road and bridge due to flooding of the creek in 2012 and again in the spring of 2013. Greig Bethel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says some rock riprap was placed after the 2013 event to protect the road and bridge. The delay in a more permanent repair was because the ministry was waiting for funding approval from Federal Disaster Assistance and Emergency Management BC, he says.
Bethel says the public can expect intermittent traffic interruptions as heavy equipment may be operating on the road. Hauling and placement of rock riprap started last week, and is expected to take three to four weeks, but could take longer depending on weather conditions and potential shut-downs due to wildfire risk. Access to Griffin Sawmill, Horse Creek recreation sites and the Valemount Marina may be affected during working hours.