Dust decision almost due

  • Mar. 25, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Queen Charlotte Council will know this week if it will be able to apply a treatment to Honna Road to control dust. Council was approached by local business owner Gary Wunsch at the beginning of February to have the road sprayed with calcium chloride, a salt product he said O’Brien Road and Bridge Maintenance uses to keep the dust down on other unpaved roads on the islands. According to Mr. Wunsch, the dust levels from the road in dry weather make working outside of his business on the road unpleasant and unsafe. Mr. Wunsch was so eager for a solution, he even offered to pay part of the cost of treating the road himself. QC Chief Administrative Officer Peter Weeber said that he has been working with O’Brien Road and Bridge to get a final quotation on the costs, but unfortunately the updated price of $8,600 for a one kilometre treatment is much higher than expected. “The initial estimates were pretty reasonable and now it has gone up quite a bit,” he said. “There’s a chance that the Ministry of Transportation will cover the cost, we haven’t got a final yes or no on that.” The road belongs to the village said Mr. Weeber, “the only reason (the ministry) are even entertaining doing something is that O’Brien’s is accessing rock on that road, so there’s traffic there. We’re looking at a contribution based on future traffic.”